Today I am sharing a terrific post by Michael Bronski who explains the role HIV/AIDS played in the same-sex marriage movement in the United States: http://notchesblog.com/2016/06/14/the-curious-connections-between-marriage-equality-and-hivaids/#more-8402 As a point of interest, lesbians, who continue to lose custody of their children on the grounds that their sexual orientation makes them unfit mothers, called for changes in family law well before HIV/AIDS became an American epidemic. Only once the legal benefits marriage conferred interested … Continue reading The Gay Agenda, HIV/AIDS, and Marriage Equality
The now infamous Miss Pinkham #SweaterDay video brought international attention to Simon Fraser University (SFU) in a way that undermines the hard work that has gone into building SFU’s reputation as a world-class university. This may be about to happen all over again. Earlier this spring the provincial government ordered all universities in British Columbia to develop a stand-alone Sexual Violence policy. Recent events at … Continue reading Why do universities persistently fail to address sexual violence?
There is nothing like reading primary sources to really immerse oneself in a moment in time. My current project has me reading about the women’s liberation movement in the United States, particularly the different ways white and African American feminists experienced and theorized their subordination. In this post I try to sum up what I’ve learned and share two sources that deepened my grasp of the disconnect between African … Continue reading “Check yourself woman”: 1970s American Feminism and the Power of Primary Sources
It’s International Women’s Day today, and in celebration of that fact I am sharing the cover of one of the earliest issues of the radical feminist newspaper off our backs. The image of a bride laying in a coffin pretty much sums up what radical feminism was about: killing off patriarchy and rebuilding society based on who women really were, not what patriarchy, and it’s … Continue reading #IWD2016, The Outlaws to Inlaws Version
In 1965 24-year-old Ethel Sawyer completed the first known academic study of an African American lesbian community. Sawyer’s analysis of “mate stability” helped me develop an understanding of why in the 1950s and 60s gay women who rebelled against sex and gender norms participated in the most normalizing of all institutions: marriage. Although Sawyer did not hear of any such ceremonies during the two years she spent conducting … Continue reading Neither Sin Nor Civil Rights: Ethel Sawyer’s Study of a Lesbian Community
On February 3rd it came to the attention of many faculty at Simon Fraser University that there existed an incredibly sexist video created for the purpose of promoting “Sweater Day.” People were quick to draw it to the attention of the administration who promptly took the video down. In an email from the newly minted Vice President of External Communications, Joanne Curry, the video was … Continue reading When your institution “gets” sexism
Later today I will be talking on CBC’s “On the Coast” about the sexualization of female faculty. This interview was prompted by Simon Fraser University’s video promoting “Sweater Day.” In the video, which you can watch below, a female teacher is in her office — she is supposed to depict an instructor but is addressed as “Miss Pinkham,” not Doctor or Professor — and a young male … Continue reading When your institution treats you like a sex object
I am pleased to announce the launch of elisechenier.com, a website that brings together my diverse research projects, my teaching and supervisory activities, my public speaking and media activities, and my blog posts. It was a great pleasure working with web developer and graphic designer Laura Eagin who I first met at Camp Tech where I took a course on search engine optimization. I think she did a terrific job transforming Justin … Continue reading Introducing elisechenier.com
One of the best things about coming out as a lesbian in 1989 was that for the first time in my life wanting and having sex was a positive, not a negative, value. As a teenager I thoroughly enjoyed heterosexual sex, but I struggled with deeply internalized Christian values that held me a sinner of the worst kind, and was subject to the cruel and … Continue reading The “Sex” In Sexual Revolution
We are now approaching that annual ritual when many of us reflect upon the year behind us and anticipate the one to come. We scratch out a list of intentions, hoping to will into existence the future we think we want. There are lots of reasons to be anxious about the future. Global warming, drones, the Syrian refugee crisis, and the failure to deal with … Continue reading What will the future bring?