Publication of interest: Phoebe

Women’s & Gender Studies at SUNY Oneonta publishes a semiannual journal, Phoebe: Gender and Cultural Critique , which fosters intellectual exchanges between scholars of women’s and gender studies & gender & sexuality studies within SUNY, across the country and abroad.

Phoebe publishes works which explore different methodological approaches to provocative questions about gender, and gender’s intersections with sexuality, race, ethnicity, and class. Phoebe has published numerous award winning poets — Wanda Coleman, Lyn Lifshin, Rita Ann Higgins; short storywriters — Merrill Joan Gerber, Janice Eidus, Lisa Chewning; and accomplished scholars — Bettina Aptheker, Teresa Ebert, Marilyn Wesley, Vivien Burr, etc.

The journal accepts submissions year round. Submissions can be mailed to Phoebe, c/o Women’s and Gender Studies, SUNY Oneonta, Oneonta, New York 13820. Authors may also submit by email:


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Here’s a scrap of distressingly unreflective sexism from the Wikipedia article on wedding rings:

Women in Greek and Anatolian (comprising most of modern Turkey) cultures sometimes receive and wear puzzle rings – sets of interlocking metal bands that one must arrange just so in order to form a single ring. Traditionally, men wryly gave them as a test of their woman’s monogamy. However, with time and practice it takes little effort to re-make the puzzle and any intelligent woman can learn.

Has Wikipedia been infiltrated by misogynists? Had it not been, we should have been surprised — why should that community be any more secure from such influences than anywhere else on the internet? We should not be surprised, though, to read this kind of wry condescension in articles concerning the Western white wedding. Matrimony as ritualized commodity exchange attracts, for reasons unknown to this lay reader, certain simple conceptions of gender roles and relations.

I do not know, but would like to know, whether there is any regiment of volunteer editors who seek to remove derogatory language, even as there are those who devote their time combing out false facts and tagging unattributed assertions as in need of verification.

Call for Papers: Contemporary Feminist Pragmatism

In an article published in Hypatia almost two decades ago, Charlene Haddock Seigfried, asked, “Where are all the Pragmatist Feminists?” Seigfried found it curious that feminists had not integrated the intellectual tradition of the United States into their thinking as well as why American pragmatists had failed to engage feminism in a more meaningful manner despite the obvious points of contact between the two branches of thought. Her question remains valid today. Feminist pragmatist scholarship remains a marginalized, albeit robust, area of study. What has occurred in the intervening two decades is the important feminist work of recovery. In particular, through the publication of a number of books and articles, the writing of Jane Addams has been rediscovered as a classical American site of pragmatist philosophy. Although engaging Addams has been intellectually fruitful, if feminist and pragmatism is to be a viable intellectual endeavor, its connection to contemporary thought, policy, and action will have to more explicitly emerge. One way to frame the relationship between feminism and pragmatism is in their common commitments such as the importance of context and experience, the relationship of politics and values and the production of knowledge and metaphysics, and the need for diversity and thus dialogue among differently situated groups. Contemporary Feminist Pragmatism offers the next step in this intellectual journey as site for engaging the intersection of these two dynamic fields of thought.

Contemporary Feminist Pragmatism is an interdisciplinary collection of original chapters that explores the present implications of feminism and pragmatism for theory, policy, and action. Chapters in this volume can take a variety of forms including the drawing of contemporary inference from the work of classical American feminist pragmatist thinkers such as Addams, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Emily Greene Balch, Mary Whiton Calkins, Mary Parker Follett, and Ida B. Wells. Other chapters may simply wish to work with the ideas of feminist pragmatism and apply them to current work being done in ethics, epistemology, metaphysics, or social philosophy. Case studies or policy analysis may also frame chapters for this volume. Because the anthology is intended for an interdisciplinary audience, we ask that authors address their contributions to an intellectual but not specialized audience. Topics may include (but are not limited to):

  • Ethical theory
  • Epistemology
  • Social & Political Philosophy
  • Intersectionality
  • Utopian Thinking
  • Philosophy of religion
  • Social policy
  • Education theory/practice
  • The multicultural subject
  • Transnational feminism
  • Cosmopolitanism
  • Globalization
  • Feminist theory
  • Business Ethics
  • Sexualities Studies
  • Philosophy of science
  • Community organizing
  • Peace Studies

The editors of Contemporary Feminist Pragmatism are Maurice Hamington, Associate Professor of Women’s Studies and Philosophy and Director of the Institute for Women’s Studies and Services at Metropolitan State College of Denver, and Celia Bardwell-Jones, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Women’s Studies, Towson University.

Submissions from all fields are invited. For inquiries please contact Celia Bardwell-Jones at or Maurice Hamington at The editors request that 300-word abstracts be sent electronically by October 1, 2009 to Maurice Hamington at Abstracts will be evaluated for and comments/suggestions will be offered to those accepted for the volume. Completed chapters will be due by July 1, 2010.

Three Perspectives on Technology and Childbirth in America

Día 225: cabeza arriba y cabeza abajo (by Flickr user evaguein)

Thursday, September 3, 2009
4 PM, in the Women’s Resource Center, 775 Commonwealth Avenue
(in the George Sherman Union, lower level)
Boston MA — “BU Central” on the Green Line B-train

Panelists: Claudia Olivetti, Christina Michaud, and Eugene Declercq

Childbirth is the most common reason for hospitalization in the United States, and cesarean section is the most common form of major surgery. Yet childbirth also has significance for women’s sense of identity and our understanding of the meaning of family. This panel will offer a historical overview of the economic implications of technologically assisted birth, a discourse analysis of women’s birth narratives, and a public health perspective on birth practices and outcomes.

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Email for more information.

Sponsored by the Boston University Women’s Studies Program and the Faculty Network on Women’s Studies, Gender, and Sexuality