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Fall 2013 Migration Student Projects

ethonography and the cat - how field research is done

This image cracked me up-- enjoy.
LSEImpactBlog (@LSEImpactBlog)3/7/13, 11:34 AM Bit of a hairy ethical issue MT @TheSocietyPages When people ask about ethnography, mere cat shows them how it's done pic.twitter.com/35xqY760fq

a recording of Frederick Douglass' "Why I became a women's rights man"

There is an audio of Frederick Douglass's "Why I became a women's rights man":




This audio comes from the Smithsonian Folkways project. If you're having trouble playing the audio from this website, try visiting this link.

women and the London 2012 Summer Olympics

I have to admit that I've always loved watching the Olympics. I love the idea of so many people from so many places competing in  events and doing the things that they've worked so hard for. And when I was a very little girl, I could imagine that with enough work and dedication on my part, I, too, would be part of the next Olympics! Of course, there was no foundation for this thinking since I was not actually actively participating in any kind of training or sport; the point was that every 4 years (because these very thoughts crossed my mind every time the Olympics came around), I could be inspired to dream this little dream.

As a social scientists, it's harder now to watch the Olympic games without thinking about the many issues of gender and inequality that surround them. That being said, I have to admit that the spectacle of the Olympic Games continues to hold a special place in my heart. I was especially excited about the London 2012 games-- not because I am finally a …

Angelina Grimke - "Human Rights Not Founded on Sex”

Here's a short bio of Angelina Grimke from PBS's documentary The Abolitionists (the full documentary can be seen here)
Watch Who is Angelina Grimke? on PBS. See more from American Experience.
Here's an annotated page of Angelina Grimke's public letter to Catherine Beecher (published August 2, 1837).

Some questions to think about:
According to Grimke, what should be the basis of any human rights? How does Grimke's conception of human rights extend or apply to slaves and women? What does she mean by the "physical constitution is the mere instrument of the moral nature"? According to Grimke, what has our focus on physical sex differences resulted in for men and women?

More Than 100 Million Women Are Missing by Amartya Sen | The New York Review of Books

A great read to think about women in the world.
It is often said that women make up a majority of the world’s population. They do not. This mistaken belief is based on generalizing from the contemporary situation in Europe and North America, where the ratio of women to men is typically around 1.05 or 1.06, or higher. In South Asia, West Asia, and China, the ratio of women to men can be as low as 0.94, or even lower, and it varies widely elsewhere in Asia, in Africa, and in Latin America. How can we understand and explain these differences, and react to them?More Than 100 Million Women Are Missing by Amartya Sen | The New York Review of Books

redefining rape from Wikipedia

From wikipedia's History of Rape

Since the 1970s many changes have occurred in the perception of sexual assault due in large part to the feminist movement and its public characterization of rape as a crime of power and control rather than purely of sex. In some countries the women's liberation movement of the 1970s created the first rape crisis centers. This movement was led by the National Organization for Women (NOW). One of the first two rape crisis centers, the D.C. Rape Crisis Center ([4]), opened in 1972. It was created to promote sensitivity and understanding of rape and its effects on the victim.Marital rape first became a crime in the United States in the state of South Dakota in 1975. In 1993, North Carolina became the last state to outlaw marital rape. [8] The marital rape exemption was abolished in England and Wales in 1991 by the House of Lords, in its judicial capacity, in the case of R v R [1991] 1 AC 599 (more details).
In the 1980s, date or acquaintance rape …

National Black Feminist Organization's Statement of Purpose, 1973

This post is a reproduction of the 1973 Statement of Purpose of the National Black Feminist Organization (NBFO) and comes from here. I searched everywhere looking for this and this was the place I found it. I decided to reproduce here on this blog so to improve the appearance.
The National Black Feminist Organization's Statement of Purpose, 1973
The distorted male-dominated media image of the Women's Liberation Movement has clouded the vital and revolutionary importance of this movement to Third World women, especially black women. The Movement has been characterized as the exclusive property of so-called white middle-class women and any black women seen involved in this movement have been seen as "selling out," "dividing the race," and an assortment of nonsensical epithets. Black feminists resent these charges and have therefore established The National Black Feminist Organization, in order to address ourselves to the particular and specific needs of the la…

Sex and Caste: A Kind of Memo...to a number of other women in the peace and freedom movements

Again, this seemed to be in the public domain, so I've reproduced it here. The original comes from here.
Sex and Caste: A Kind of Memo from Casey Hayden and Mary King to a number of other women in the peace and freedom movements
by Casey Hayden and Mary King (1965)

(Editors Note: Casey Hayden and Mary King circulated this paper on women in the civil rights movement based on their experiences as Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee volunteers. It is widely regarded as one of the first documents of the emerging women's liberation movement.)

We've talked a lot, to each other and to some of you, about our own and other women's problems in trying to live in our personal lives and in our work as independent and creative people. In these conversations we've found what seem to be recurrent ideas or themes. Maybe we can look at these things many of us perceive, often as a result of insights learned from the movement:

Sex and caste: There seem to be many parallels th…

Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines!

I haven't seen this documentary so I can't say much about it, but I'm willing it to bet that it raises some interesting questions for us. At any rate, I thought it might be worth mentioning to all of you in case you're eager to have a look at it.

A new documentary — Wonder Women: The Untold Story Of American Superheroines — examines the history of women warriors and asks why we haven't had our Wonder Woman movie yet.