When your institution “gets” sexism

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

When your institution treats you like a sex object

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

Introducing elisechenier.com

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

Kate Millet

The “Sex” In Sexual Revolution

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

What will the future bring?

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?