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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