Dr. Ashley Simons-Rudolph (CHASS graduate 1999, instructor for our Women's and Gender Studies program, and Director of the NC State's Women's Center) was nominated for a 2013 "Pride of the Wolfpack Award". This program recognizes NC State employees at their respective college/unit. Ashley was nominated through the Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity (OIED). Criteria for nomination include customer focus, quality of service, cost effectiveness, delivery of service to students, staff and/or alumni, quanity/quality of work over period of time, and relationships fostered at work.
Not My Kid: What Parents Believe about the Sex Lives of Their Teenagers by Sinikka Elliott, Assistant Professor of Sociology and affiiated WGS faculty member, was published this summer by NYU Press.
Described by one critic as “beautifully written, engaging, and insightful," Not My Kid advances our understanding of the complex tensions, contradictions, and paradoxes parents decipher as they make sense of the sex lives of their adolescent children.
While almost all parents understand that many teenagers are sexually active, there is a paradox in many parents’ thinking: they insist their own teen children are not sexual, but characterize their children’s peers as sexually-driven and hypersexual. Dr. Elliott teases out the complex dynamics behind this thinking, demonstrating that it is rooted in fears and anxieties about being a good parent, the risks of teen sexual activity, and teenagers’ future economic and social status. Parents—like most Americans—equate teen sexuality with heartache, disease, pregnancy, promiscuity, and deviance and want their teen children to be protected from these things.
Going beyond the hype and controversy, Elliott examines how a diverse group of American parents of teenagers understand teen sexuality, showing that, in contrast to the idea that parents are polarized in their beliefs, parents are confused, anxious, and ambivalent about teen sexual activity and how best to guide their own children’s sexuality. Framed with an eye to the debates about teenage abstinence and sex education in school, Elliott also links parents’ understandings to the contradictory messages and broad moral panic around child and teen sexuality. Ultimately, Elliott considers the social and cultural conditions that might make it easier for parents to talk with their teens about sex, calling for new ways of thinking and talking about teen sexuality that promote social justice and empower parents to embrace their children as fully sexual subjects.
Dr. Deena Murphy honored with Gertrude Cox Award nomination.
Dr. Deena Murphy, who teaches the online version of WGS/STS 210, Women and Gender in Science and Technology, has been nominated for the 2012 Gertrude Cox Award. That award is named for "The First Lady of Statistics," who came to NC State in 1940 to establish the university's distinguished Department of Statistics. It recognizes faculty and staff innovations in integrating new technologies into effective teaching strategies. Congratulations, Deena!
Check out the new website, Women under Siege @
The website documents how rape and other forms of sexualized violence are used as tools in genocide and conflict throughout the 20th century and into the 21st. Spearheaded by Gloria Steinem, this initiative builds on the lessons revealed in the anthology Sexual Violence Against Jewish Women During the Holocaust by Sonja Hedgepeth and Rochelle Saidel, and also in At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape and Resistance—a New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power by Daniella McGuire.
In the belief that understanding what happened then might have helped us to prevent or helped us to prepare for the mass sexual assaults of other conflicts, from Bosnia to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Women’s Media Center project is exploring this linkage to heighten public consciousness of causes and preventions.