Bringing the Domestic to Center-stage: Two Women Fight Back Against DV in “Domestic”

“What would you do?” This is the evocative tagline for DOMESTIC, which debuted at an off-broadway black box space a few blocks from Times Square as part of the Midtown International Theater Festival in July 2012. The play, penned by Sarah Lawrence theatre graduate alum Matthew Klein, is the story of seventeen-year-old Jessica Powell, a babysitter who murders her employer when she hears him threaten … Continue reading Bringing the Domestic to Center-stage: Two Women Fight Back Against DV in “Domestic”

Teen Feminists, Too, Think Sexism is F’d Up

Nineteen-year-old Julie Zeilinger has put out the book I wanted to write when I was her age and started identifying as a feminist. I wanted to call mine Why High School Sucks, But Doesn’t Have To. Hers, released in May 2012, is called A Little F’ed Up: Why Feminism Isn’t A Dirty Word. It’s Full Frontal Feminism for the high school set (Valenti even forewords … Continue reading Teen Feminists, Too, Think Sexism is F’d Up

In Which R/V’s Co-Editor Reveals Her Feminist Groupie-ism

If you are even a rare visitor to our wonderful online magazine here, you know that we are huge fans of the gender-studies-grad-student-turned-overnight-tumblr-sensation Danielle Henderson, creator of Feminist Ryan Gosling. If you’re unfamiliar, FRG is a masterful pairing of eye-candy Gosling photos with succinct yet pithy feminist theory. And there’s usually a cute twist in there as well. Exhibit A: Yes, it’s pretty darn awesome. … Continue reading In Which R/V’s Co-Editor Reveals Her Feminist Groupie-ism

Soviet “Night Witches”: Heroes of the Eastern Front

In Women’s History, we are all too familiar with stories of brave, fierce, powerful women being excluded from the history books. Most of the stories of women and World War II pertain to their instrumental role in factories, hospitals, and communities back at home. While soldiers invaded enemy lines, Rosies the Riveter invaded the public sphere; finally, women would prove their mettle in the workplace, … Continue reading Soviet “Night Witches”: Heroes of the Eastern Front

No Women in Hasidism?: An Exploration of Missing Voices

Frieda Vizel is completing her first year in the Women’s History graduate program at Sarah Lawrence. Her personal experience with Hasidic Judaism has driven her interest in and historical inquiry of the subject. This is an excerpt from her historiographical essay on women in Hasidism. “There are no women Hasidim […] There are only daughters of Hasidim and wives of Hasidim,” wrote sociologist Tamar El-Or … Continue reading No Women in Hasidism?: An Exploration of Missing Voices

The Hidden Gender of Lobotomy: Women & Mental Illness in Mid-20th Century United States

Kristy Staniszewski is completing her first year in the Women’s History graduate program at Sarah Lawrence College. She is also an employee of the college. This is an excerpt from her prospective thesis work on women and mental illness. Beginning in the 1930’s, lobotomies were considered a new and viable treatment for individuals suffering from mental illness. A lobotomy is a psychosurgical procedure where nerve … Continue reading The Hidden Gender of Lobotomy: Women & Mental Illness in Mid-20th Century United States

A “Purveyor of Fantasy” in Kimberly Pierce’s Boys Don’t Cry

Brittany Chevalier is completing her first year as a MA candidate in Women’s History at Sarah Lawrence. She graduated from Wellesley College and has a special interest in the history of New York City. The following is excerpted from her review of the film, “Boys Don’t Cry,” directed by Kimberly Pierce. Boys Don’t Cry is Kimberly Pierce’s 1999 film based on a true story about … Continue reading A “Purveyor of Fantasy” in Kimberly Pierce’s Boys Don’t Cry