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Queering Spanish Culture

April 29, 2010

By Carlos Jerez-Farran

After the fascist regime of General Franco (1939-1975), democratic Spain has reacted to the oppressive recent past with a vengeance. Contact with mainstream Europe after Franco’s death contributed to expose Spanish society to ideas previously censored.

To read the full story, which was published by The Observer

Compulsory Discrimination against 'Homosexuals and Sex Perverts,' 1935-1969

April 21, 2010

By Gail Bederman

“Have American homosexuals ever experienced the types of legal discrimination facing women or racial minorities?” The answer is a resounding “Yes!” even if we ignore the issues of marriage and military service. Between 1935 and 1969, federal state and local governments went to previously unknown lengths to find, expose and rid the nation of what authorities called “sex perverts.”…

What can body odor tell us about sexual attraction and sexual orientation?

April 21, 2010

By Jessica D. Payne, Ph.D.

Can “BO” (body odor) actually be a good thing?  Sexual attraction is complicated. While we may swoon over self-professed “types” (blue eyes, brown hair, great smile), mate selection relies heavily on a series of conscious and unconscious calculations made deep within our brains.…

End of Year Recognition

April 21, 2010

Senior Capstone Projects

Theses:

Katie Ledwidge: “A Race of Devils: Illegitimacy in Frankenstein” - Advisor: Essaka Joshua

Melanie LeMay:  “The Place of Lesbian Narratives in Young Adult Fiction” - Advisor: Susan Harris

Mandy Lewis: “Perceptions and Realities: Discerning the Relationship Between Mayan Women and the Roman Catholic Church” - Advisor: Susan St. Ville

2010 Boehnen Summer Internship Grant Recipients

April 15, 2010

Congratulations to our 2010 Boehnen Summer Internship Grant Recipients

Alessandra Bouchard ‘11
The Women’s Center, Cambridge, MA


Alessandra Bouchard will work under the auspices of The Women’s Center to develop a bilingual resource guide for women who are struggling to determine their immigration rights, or who have experienced domestic violence or sexual assault. She will also be contributing to the generation of a history of the Women’s Center, and its development from an empty building to the thriving resource that it is today.…

Winner of the Genevieve D. Willis Thesis Prize

April 15, 2010

Congratulations to our 2010 Thesis Prize Winner

Amanda Lewis '10

Major:Sociology
Supplemental Major: Gender Studies

"Perceptions and Realities: Discerning the Relationship Between Mayan Women and the Roman Catholic Church"

Advisor: Professor Susan M. St. Ville…