From the Archives: Why We Need Women’s and Gender Studies Programs

After @darmiuth made a splash on Twitter this week by writing about male scientists as though they were women, the idea of the Finkbeiner Test was bandied about again and made me think of my take, back in 2012, about the Finkbeiner Test and how we talk about women writers. I thought about reposting that piece today.

And then RooshV decided to plan (and then cancelled) a bunch of meet-ups in Canada.

And the OED defined feminism as rabid.

And SFU posted a totally sexist video for Sweater Day.

And Mount Allison announced that they were defunding their Women’s and Gender Studies Program (despite their track-record of gender violence on campus, and its arguably minimal cost to the institution).

So I think it’s time to revisit a whole bunch of our past writing on gender and sexism in and out of the academy, also known as some of the many reasons that we need women’s and gender studies programs:

Boyda generates some productive anger on the subject of gender bias in teaching evaluations

Remembering back to David Gilmour and sexist syllabi

Aimée on the sexist microagressions of university homepages

Challenging unconscious bias in reference letters for women

Margrit on sexist microagressions and the power of exposure, naming, and visibility

Aimée on the relationship between “merit,” casual racism, and gender balance on campus

Sexist fails at academic conferences

How to change the fact that 80% of the “experts” we see in the media are men

Guest blogger Andrew Bretz on the rape culture pervasive on Canadian university campuses

On not getting out the the way for men on the sidewalk

And, of course, Erin’s Monday roundup of posts on rape culture and the Ghomeshi trial