In her 1988 essay “Performative Acts and Gender Constitution,” Judith Butler—philosopher, gender theorist, and professor at UC Berkeley—proposed the theory that gender is behavior, rather than a biological fact.
Susan McClary is one of the most important musicologists responsible for introducing feminist critique to musicology. Her work, though controversial, was some of the first to present a critique of Western classical music that considered the role of gender and sexuality.
Despite a federal lawsuit, Title IX investigation, demonstrations, and petitions from students and faculty, UCLA history professor and serial sexual harasser Gabriel Piterberg has returned to teaching on campus after a short suspension. Protests sprung up around campus as a result of Piterberg’s reinstatement.
I spoke to Sara Sithi-Amnuai, a trumpet player and fourth-year ethnomusicology major in the jazz program at UCLA, to learn more about her experiences as a female jazz instrumentalist.
Exploring other places, people, and cultures is an important part of fiction, but cultural appropriation is something all fiction writers should be aware of.
When conversations about multiraciality come up, a common theme is how it is exoticized by comments like those, in a similar way to how people of color in general are exoticized. But there is another aspect of these microaggressions that is not brought up as often: assumptions of gender.
The fact that the 78 cents statistic is so widespread is indicative of a much larger issue: feminism too often ignores people of color, people with disabilities, and transgender people.
Heterosexual men control women’s bodies in a variety of ways, including restricting our access to abortion and healthcare, sympathy for accused rapists, and objectifying and trivializing our sexuality. That last one is especially true for non-heterosexual women, who are consistently a target of objectification and fetishization for heterosexual men.
Fetishization is usually defined as the sexual fascination with things that are not inherently sexual. But when it comes to the fetishization of people because of their genders, races, or sexualities, it quickly becomes a means of oppression, subjugation, and dehumanization.
Every woman, regardless of whether she was aware of it, has likely felt the self-hatred that comes with being female in a male dominated society.