Activities

The Sociology of Gender Brownbag (or FemSem) meets every Thursday from 12:30 to 2pm in Social Sciences 2435 (unless otherwise noted).

Fall 2018 Calendar 

If you’d like to request a presentation date, please email Nona Gronert at gronert@wisc.edu.

February 21, 2019
  • Femsem: Abby Letak, “‘Feminist’ with an Asterisk”: Feminism, Television, and Identity

    February 21, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
    2435 Sewell Social Science

    “‘Feminist’ with an Asterisk”: Feminism, Television, and Identity

    In 2014, satirical newspaper The Onion ran a story with the headline: “Woman Takes Short Half-Hour Break From Being Feminist To Enjoy TV Show.” Below a picture of a woman watching TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress, a byline explains that the woman “says she just wants to enjoy a little TV without thinking about how our culture repeatedly perpetuates gender stereotypes in a damaging way.” This comical article begs some very serious questions: how do feminists consume television media? How do feminists reconcile watching sexist or even anti-feminist content with their claimed feminist identity? Feminists present a particularly interesting segment of the audience; they have claimed an identity (i.e., that of “feminist”) that, in theory, prescribes efforts toward gender equality and proscribes participation in anything standing in the way of that goal. Feminists, then, could be posed to endorse and condemn media along the lines of their socio-political beliefs—in reality, however, this is often not the case. This study draws on data from twenty-seven semi-structured interviews with self-identified feminists to interrogate the relationship between feminists’ socio-political identities and their television consumption habits. Ultimately, the relationship is one fraught with contradiction, compromise, and cognitive dissonance. In navigating the television landscape, feminists point to (1) the need for self-care, (2) the need to settle for less than ideal content, (3) the need to stay informed, and (4) the insignificance of their own viewing activity.

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February 28, 2019
  • Femsem: Youbin Kang

    February 28, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
    2435 Sewell Social Science

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March 7, 2019
  • Femsem: A guide to dissertation proposals

    March 7, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
    2435 Sewell Social Science

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March 14, 2019
  • Femsem: Tarsha Herelle

    March 14, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
    2435 Sewell Social Science

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