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The Gay Agenda, HIV/AIDS, and Marriage Equality

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

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Why do universities persistently fail to address sexual violence?

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?

“Check yourself woman”: 1970s American Feminism and the Power of Primary Sources

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

Neither Sin Nor Civil Rights: Ethel Sawyer’s Study of a Lesbian Community

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

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

Sex Workers Rights at a Historic Crossroads

After spending the spring working on an online archives and teaching tool – check out the results at interracialintimacies.org soon! – I am back to working on my book on same-sex marriage in the 50s, 60s and 70s in the United States, and not a moment too soon. Out in the contemporary world, the big news in Canada on the sexual justice front is the … Continue reading Sex Workers Rights at a Historic Crossroads