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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Positive Thoughts for 2014

 As we approach a new year, I want all women to remember the following...

Have a wonderful new year! Let's make 2014 a terrific year! 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013


This spring, we are offering four wonderful courses:
WST 101: Intro to Women's Studies (fulfills Pluralism and Diversity and Western Heritage requirement)
WST 105: Gender in Popular Culture (fulfills Pluralism and Diversity requirement)
WST 110: The Goddess in World Religions (fulfills Global Awareness, Non-Western Heritage, and Pluralism and Diversity)
WST 201: Women's Studies in Global Context (fulfills Global Aware and Non-West and SUNY GER Other World Civ and Pluralism and Diversity)
Women's Studies is transformative!
Send me an email ( if you have any questions. 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013


We are having our last meeting of the semester on 12/17, upstairs in 351 Harmon Ave.  Please join us as we celebrate a wonderful semester!

"Black Women and Planned Parenthood" submitted by Sara Hosey

This article discusses how high-profile black women are becoming more involved with Planned Parenthood and puts these developments in the context of a longer and more troubled history between the organization and the black community.   

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

"I Support Gestational Surrogacy" by Dylan Lesser

I feel that gestational surrogacy is a wonderful thing. It is a terrific choice for couples who cannot conceive a child through the normal means of conception. Gestational surrogacy is when the man in the relationship gives a semen sample and the woman gives a sample of her eggs which get inseminated in the womb of the surrogate that the couple decides to hold the child for nine months. Gestational surrogacy is basically adopting a child formed with your own DNA. 

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

"11 Things You Should Never Say to a Black Girl" by Dara Adeeyo

My friend sent me the link to this article and I was shocked by the title and the content.  

11 Things You Should Never Say to a Black Girl 

Are there really things one should avoid saying to a Black woman?  Racial sensitivity is important but I think this line of commentary is taking it a little too far? However, are there things one should not say to Asian, Indian, or Caucasian women?  

What do you think? 

"Half the Sky" from Professor Sara Hosey

Check out the companion website to Nick Kristof and Sheryl Wudun's book Half the Sky:

Kristof and Wudun address some of the challenges facing women globally, as well as some creative and effective ways to promoting female empowerment. 

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Monday, November 25, 2013


Is everyone on Pinterest?

If not, sign up ASAP! I will share photos and thoughts to make you think, smile, and maybe even stay tuned!  


Friday, November 22, 2013

"Homage to My Scars" by Professor Marcia McNair

My scars are called disfiguring
and would be if
I were mere figure,
But I am phantom, angel and light!
My scars symbolize how I took flight
When death chased me
And failed to erase me.
And ten years later, a second scar that is
So close to the other
Celebrates that I am now called mother.
One scar meant life for a baby,
And the other meant life for me.
My scars--gnarled tree branches grown into the length of my belly, 
And I am tree.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

"Homage to My Height" by Gabrielle Cohen

I am small,
I am almost 20, yet I am only 4’11”.
My height always bothered me as a kid, but when I got older it became a benefit.
I got to be a flyer on cheerleading,
I wore the highest heals out of my friends.
My friends say I am fun-sized,
I love my height now.
I embrace what I am.
I am not short; I am petite.

Monday, November 18, 2013

"Homage to my Stretch Marks" by Elizabeth Sime

Yes, I lost 100 pounds…
Underneath these form fitting clothes are the marks of a Tigress
You may look at them as Scars, But I love them…..
MY Stretch Marks are MY trophies….
They are MY memories
I wear MY Stretch Marks Proud
They will always remind me of the birth of MY first child
I have gained weight, lost it and MY Stretch Marks still stick around
I wear MY Stretch Marks Proud
Proud of my accomplishments
Never ashamed of MY Stretch Marks
Never ashamed of ME 
I wear MY Stretch Marks Proud.

"My Abortion" by Meaghan Winter

Check out this moving and illuminating article: My Abortion

Sunday, November 17, 2013

"Homage to my Legs" by Toniann DeFrancesco

Homage to my Legs
My legs are small
They don’t work as well as they should
They aren’t as strong as I want them to be
It’s ok though
They get me where I need to go
I’m lucky that my legs work as well as they do
Therapy helps to make them stronger

Every day they get a little better.

Friday, November 15, 2013

"Homage to my Curves" by Kathleen Bell

I struggled at the gym to keep my
curves nice and firm.
To fear not being twenty years of age,
grimaced with pain being middle age,
I have satisfaction and gain.
My curves do not like to be held back and
kept in place they need freedom and space.
Accepting my curves within this space is
what keeps a smile on my face

Thursday, November 14, 2013

"My breasts are my homage" by Allison Peart

My breasts are my homage. 
My breasts are firm and soft to the touch, 
Sometimes I am without comfort because they are too much.  
I close my eyes and wonder,
what men think when their hands slips under.
Do they know my breasts are more than something men keep handy? 
They’re organic milk for newborns when they get hungry. 
My breasts serve as a comfort and warmth to a baby, 
I keep them covered like a lady. 
They are not just meant for men's eye candy. 
There are two of them and quite close to the heart, 
The breasts are a multipurpose body part.  
The most important function people often forget that they are more than just for touch , display or excitement, 
They are meant for the newborn's nutritional development. 
I stand proud knowing that my homage is my breasts

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

"Homage to my Doughy Physique" by Bettina Quadri

I am quite gelatinous 
and also quite happy. 
Losing seventy pounds 
has made me quite flappy.   
My jelly belly shows 
my determination, discipline. 
Strengthening my muscles 
underneath my sagging skin.    
So when you see me in a bathing suit,  
Be kind, don’t shriek,  
For I am in love,  
With my doughy physique.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

"Homage to My Hair" by Brittany Fulton

I love my natural curls.  However, my natural curls may not be appealing to many because they don't drape down my back or swing from side to side. 
Nevertheless, I love my natural curls because they spiral from the root and coils loose or tight 
Yet my natural curls require so much of my time. 
Yet I embrace my natural curls, for my natural curls is who I am and complete my style. 
My natural curls maybe difficult to control and require many different hair products to assemble 
Yet, I love my natural curls because they complete my ensemble 
My long natural curls work for me, and I embrace its twirls 
No fizz, no fuss just a big puff of naturally curly swirls 
Yet, it takes patience and time to bring on that defined curly style and bouncy shine. 
Nevertheless, my natural curls are so much fun and I’m proud of them all the time!

WST 101 Poem Discussion by Prof. Marcia L. McNair

I think what makes Women's Studies different from other disciplines is that it is personally, as well as socially, transformative. Students are called upon not only to understand feminist perspectives, but to use this information as a form of empowerment. Thus, the concept of intertextuality is at the heart of how I teach Women's Studies and is especially conducive to the online learning environment.  Students are encouraged to see the overlap between their readings and their own personal and cultural backgrounds, creating texts which reflect their new knowledge. 

Monday, November 11, 2013

NCC Women's Studies faculty at the National Women's Studies Association in Cincinnati

NCC Women's Studies faculty at the National Women's Studies Association in Cincinnati. Diana Milillo, Sara Hosey, Florence Dee Boodakian, and Stella Apostolidis talked about the Children's Greenhouse at NCC and how child care is an important feminist issue.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

LIGT: Episode One: Welcome to Long Island Girl Talk!

As the Women Studies Instructor for Long Island Girl Talk, I thought I would share our first episode.

Looking forward to your thoughts!!!

Check Out: LIGT Episode One

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Monday, November 4, 2013

Professor Ines Shaw Thoughts on The WST Feminist

“The blog definitely brings an updated version of women's studies that we, pre-third wavers, pre-generation X, pre-Millenials/generation Y, and pre-newest generation Z/New Silent generation, had been maintaining as much as we tried to understand and acknowledge the strengths of young(er) feminists.

Although Lisa Jervis, co-founder of Bitch, thinks we have reached the end of the usefulness of wave terminology and that the generational divide is an illusion (as she says in an Ms. magazine article), I think there are differences.”


Women & Advertisement

Today, I walked into Grand Central and I witnessed this display. Thoughts?

"Why I Love Women's Studies at NCC" by Sara Hosey

Those of us who teach Women’s Studies are often very aware of the ways in which our discipline can be personally “transformational.”  Many of us have experienced that “aha!” moment ourselves, that moment when we felt that we had finally found our community, that we had found a way of looking at the world that made sense to us, that we had found a language with which to speak about our experiences.
I was at a meeting of the Women Student's Association last week and we were all reviewing our calendars, trying to schedule an event at a time that wouldn’t conflict with too many members’ schedules.  When I asked one member about a possible conflict she announced, “It doesn’t matter.  This is the only thing I care about.”

Thursday, October 31, 2013

"Feminist Double Standard" by Shanice B.

One of the central goals of the feminist movement is to eliminate inequality and challenge double standards. However, mainstream feminism sometimes has a hand in creating and perpetuating its own inequalities and double standards, particularly in regard to other oppressed, but less privileged groups (e.g., anyone who isn’t a middle class heterosexual cissexual white woman). The ongoing controversy surrounding Miley Cyrus has brought several of these double standards to light.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013


A Fundraiser for the ALANA Scholarship Fund

Date: Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 from 7-9 PM

Phone Number: (516) 280-7485

Featuring: Prof. Anissa D. Moore, President of ALANA, Writer Poet Social Commentator
Treat yourself to food for the body and soul while raising funds for a worthy cause!
Opening for Prof. Moore—Local spoken word poets and members of the Poemstars Poetry Ensemble

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Tantric Ecology: Planetary Regeneration with Indian and High Amazonian Practices

A Workshop with Frederique Apffel-Marglin and Neela Bhattacharya Saxena

Dates – January 4-11, 2014
Place – Sachamama Center, a non-profit organization in Lamas, Peru


This 7 day workshop will introduce us to eco-thealogical knowledge systems and practices in the two ancient civilizations of India and Peru where the non-human world has been a part of and continuous with the human world.  These are also civilizations where the entwined masculine and feminine principles are central.  The workshop will consist of Yogic and Shamanic practices as well as basic readings and discussions around Hindu, Buddhist and Shamanic visions.  The aim is to equip us with tools to help reverse the current global ecological degradations and enhance our psycho-spiritual health through effective methods of aligning ourselves to our planet.

Monday, October 28, 2013



Rob Okun, Editor and Publisher or VoiceMale Magazine, will discuss men’s roles as participants in the struggle for gender justice today.

Date: November 6, 2013  
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM 
Location: Bradley Hall Ballroom



Sunday, October 27, 2013

NCC Open House - Welcome to Women Studies!!!

From Left to Right: Sara Hosey (Women Studies Project Coordinator & English Professor), Natasha M. Nurse (Women Studies Adjunct Professor), and Susan Cushman (English, Women Studies, and Jewish Studies Professor)

Monday, October 21, 2013

"Respect" By Jennifer Loose

I feel their eyes leering at me as I walk by…
targeting me for their next attack.
my eyes looking straight ahead 
thoughts racing through my mind
heart beating a little faster,
hoping they won't say anything to me

but they do.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

"What is beauty?" by Natalia Vilela

Beauty within society in the United States is both overly emphasized and subtly implied for women through various mediums. Whether loud, discrete, or in between, each of these mediums have influenced women’s ideas on who exactly is considered “beautiful” in American society, and such ideas are continuously being spread and exaggerated.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

"Passivity, Dominance, and Imperial Power: The Sexual Hierarchies of the Roman Empire" By Shanice B.

The sexual ideology of Ancient Rome was not defined by contemporary gender-specific classifications of homo and heterosexuality. Instead, sexual identity was part of a class structure that stratified sexuality on the basis of power and was made up primarily of active and passive roles. These roles were based on an idealized concept of Roman masculinity, and one’s status as a freeborn Roman was directly associated with his sexual dominance. Passive freeborn men were viewed with disdain, while those who took the active role suffered no loss of status. Women, inevitably assigned the submissive role, were subject to a sexual double standard that benefitted men and relegated them to secondary status. In Ancient Rome, a carefully constructed sexual hierarchy reinforced the existing class structure.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Women Studies Letter by Karina Rodriguez

May 4, 2013

Hello Womens Studies Professors at NCC:

My name is Karina Rodriguez. Im a former student of Professor Saxena. I had the pleasure of reacquainting myself with her recently, and was surprised to hear that her Goddess in Religion course was not running this semester at Nassau Community College. Im requesting that you please reconsider the decision to cancel the course. This course is very important to Nassau's female student body because they need to know, that in a patriarchal society where women are second-class citizens, they're greatly represented in religion and ancient cultures. These young women need to know of the ancient world in which they were celebrated as equal to men and not underneath them.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

"Why Are We Not Enraged By The Fire In A Sweatshop In Bangladesh?" By Pramila Venkateswaran

Why is it when women jumped to their deaths to escape the deadly fire in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City in 1913, we are even today able to be horrified at the management’s cold blooded view of workers as expendable? But why is it we are not as enraged when hundreds of women were killed in the April 2013 Rana Plaza Factory fire in Bangladesh?  Even when we know that the workers were making products for Disney and Walmart, why aren't we horrified? Shouldn't we be enraged that workers anywhere are killed because of lack of safety standards, regardless of which company they are working for, whether it is a multinational company or a local company? Once we put an American face on the sweatshop, one hopes that will generate some amount of questioning, such as why Walmart has not followed safety standards in Bangladesh, what companies are overlooking safety regulations, why they are exempt from local laws regarding worker safety, and so on. More importantly, when we see advertisements showing how most of us profit from shopping in Walmart because of their low prices, shouldn't we be asking how we are implicated in Walmart’s ability to keep prices low? Who benefits? At whose expense are we enjoying bargains?  But, perhaps, we are so conditioned by the system of consumption, where the ideal customer is often confused with the ideal citizen, that we do not see the shadows of workers behind the aisles of clothing or behind the glass cases holding our electronic gadgets.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Meet Professor Marcia McNair

                                Photo: William West

Marcia L. McNair earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Dartmouth College and her master’s degree in Writing from New York University. McNair was an assistant editor at Essence Magazine and is currently a Professor of English and Journalism at Nassau Community College, one of the largest community colleges in the country, where she is co-coordinator of the African American Read-In Chain and a member of the Black History Month Committee and the Secretary for Black Women’s Initiative (a student retention program).  In addition, she was an adjunct professor of English at Molloy College, where she taught African American Literature, for over five years. She served on the Uniondale Community Council Executive Board for two years. She is a former faculty advisor to the Women’s Center and the Human Relations Club at Nassau Community College. She established Aya Press Books in 2006 and Sistas on Fire Radio in 2010.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

"Respect Me" by Natasha M. Nurse

Respect where I come from
Respect what is mine as mine

Sunday, September 29, 2013

"In Time" by Natasha M. Nurse

In an age where pain and sadness is the norm,  
I hope you can hold onto the day when not everything is so sad
When the neighborhood bully finally says sorry
The missing girl down the block is found
Abusing one in power is actually brought down 

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Long Island Girls Have Something to Say...So Listen Up, Long Island!

Please join us on Saturday, September 21, from noon to 3 pm as we celebrate our Cycle One graduates.

Sponsored by the Women's Fund of Long Island (WFLI) and the John J. Byrne Community Center, LIGT trains teen girls ages 13 to 18 from the Uniondale, Hempstead, Roosevelt, and Freeport School Districts to create their own media.  Participants  learn how to produce, research, write, film, edit, cast, direct and star in their own weekly television show about women’s issues in their communities.  By creating their own television show, the girls embrace a strategy for independence which allows them to promote positive representations of themselves in the media. In addition, they will explore careers and learn technical skills nontraditional for women.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Long Island Girl Talk

Long Island Girl Talk is looking for teen girls ages 13 to 18 from the Uniondale/Hempstead/Roosevelt/ Freeport School Districts to train in creating their own media.

Participants will learn how to research, write, film, edit, and cast their own weekly television show about women’s issues in their communities.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Meet Professor Pramila Venkateswaran

Pramila Venkateswaran, poet laureate of Suffolk County, Long Island, and author of Thirtha (Yuganta Press, 2002) Behind Dark Waters (Plain View Press, 2008), Draw Me Inmost (Stockport Flats, 2009), and Trace (Finishing Line Press, 2011), is an award winning poet who teaches English and Women’s Studies at Nassau Community College, NY. She is the 2011 Walt Whitman Birthplace Association Long Island Poet of the Year.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

"Welcome to NCC" by Laura Perez

My journey at NCC began in the fall of 2010.  I thought that coming in at 26 years-old would be difficult, but the advisors and professors that I was lucky to work with all assured me that my journey would be successful.  Having the positive experiences outweigh the negative, I am happy to say, three years later, that I am glad that NCC was my first step in my educational path towards success.  I will be graduating from Nassau with a great GPA, as a member of Phi Theta Kappa and as a published writer.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

"Objectification in the Media" by Laura Perez

Every day women are objectified by the media.  The media creates false images and ideas of what a “real” woman is supposed to look, act, and be.  We see this portrayal in both men’s and women’s magazine ads, T.V. commercials, films and on the internet.  Women are sex objects – and that’s all.  The media often fails to represent real women, and because women are hyper-sexualized, sexual norms become skewed, affecting the behavior of adolescent girls.

Monday, September 2, 2013

My Favorite Feminist TV Characters

In media, there are so many mixed messages of women and girls on television. So, I thought I would share my favorite feminist TV characters:

Monday, August 12, 2013

The Sexual Harassment Education Subcommittee Of the Academic Senate Affirmative Action Committee Phone Numbers and Locations

Equity Inclusion and Affirmative Action/ADA 504 Officer
Craig Wright, Associate Vice President       

Designated Investigative Officer (DIO)
Ann Muth                
365 Rice Circle           

Sexual Harassment is NOT TOLERATED at Nassau Community College

According to Federal guidelines, sexual harassment is sexual attention that is serious, offensive, unwanted, and persistent. 

from The Nassau Community College Sexual Harassment Policy: 

Sexual harassment of students or employees is considered unacceptable and will not be tolerated.  This includes workplace and peer to peer harassment.  Sexual harassment subverts the mission of the College and undermines the educational process, creating an atmosphere that is not conducive to learning or productivity. 

Saturday, August 3, 2013

A Woman’s Bill of Rights

Women have the following rights:  
  1. The right to be verbally and physically respected
  2. The right not to be verbally or physically harassed 
  3. The right to decide who touches their body
  4. The right to decide who to communicate with
  5. The right to feel safe and secure at all times 
  6. The right to report any incident that occur
  7. The right not to be silenced 

"Black Beauty" by Natasha M. Nurse

I wanted to share my poem "Black Beauty" that was published in Songs of Seasoned Women.

Black beauty so undefined and misunderstood
Associated with the unknown lost culture of African tales
Depicted as crack heads and whores.
Who knows what black beauty truly is? What makes me?
Stereotyped to have a big butt, ebony skin, and bad weave
But I will tell you what makes me a true beauty.
I could care less what the fool next to you said
I will tell what black beauty is...
It is the stride of a tall chocolate woman,

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Welcome to Women’s Studies at Nassau Community College!

Welcome to The WST Feminist, a blog designed to provide members of our community a place to share our work as students, scholars, activists, teachers, and thinkers: to begin and continue discussions, to post updates on issues that concern us, and to share ideas and opinions.