Summer means writing!
We’re all breathing a sigh of relief now that the semester is over! Gwen and I are both looking forward to making lots of progress on writing projects over the summer! Myra Marx Ferree and I should be finishing our sociology of gender textbook within months and I can hardly wait!
We reached a milestone on Twitter. 12,000 followers and counting!
12,000 followers means lots of love!
We freaking love you too, Eli!
Upcoming lectures and appearances:
I am officially on sabbatical and writing full time, but I’d love to use my flexible schedule to do lots of public speaking as well. I have great talks on the value of friendship, the biology of sex differences, the politics of genital cutting and, of course, hook up culture. And I do a pretty decent AKD induction ceremony/commencement speech.
I’ve already scheduled my first talk for next year. I’ll be part of the Bastian Diversity Lecture Series at Westminster College in Salt Lake City. Looking forward to it already!
We continue to be thrilled to see SocImages’ posts cross-promoted on other sites. Here are some graduation season-themed highlights of the month:
- Los Angeles Times, The Hook Up Culture Bogeyman
- PolicyMic, 9 Things Professors Wish You Understood about the Real World (with gifs!)
- BlogHer, 2/3rds of College Students Think They’re Going to Change the World
- Huffington Post, Social Class and the College Choices of High School Valedictorians
New Pinterest board on rape culture:
In response to the sudden public interest in sexual violence, we decided to begin a rape culture Pinterest board. I recommend visiting with a stiff drink in hand. If you’re sensitive to images of sexual violence, I wouldn’t go at all.
SocImages has 25 Pinterest boards and some of them aren’t horribly depressing! You can visit our new guide or check out some of our more popular themes: sexy toy make-overs, what color is flesh?, gendered housework and parenting, “subliminal” sexual symbolism, and violence in fashion.
The national movement against sexual assault:
SocImages continues to follow the national movement to use Title IX to reform sexual assault adjudication on college — and now, rumor has it, middle school and high school — campuses. Dartmouth, UC Berkeley, and USC, among others, are the most recent schools to file complaints with the federal government.
This month we posted about the role of social networking in the movement and covered the faculty votes of “no confidence” in higher level administrators at Occidental College. I also had the opportunity to give a 12 minute interview to KPFK about the developments at my campus (you can listen here, starting at 28:30).
In other news…
I thought I’d share this nice shot from just after commencement at Occidental College. To my left and right are two of the professors who have joined with students to lead the national movement against sexual assault: Dr. Caroline Heldman and Dr. Danielle Dirks. In other words, some badass chicks right there. Follow them on twitter @carolineheldman and @danielledirks!Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.