Genetic testing, cancer risk, and Angelina Jolie’s choice
NYU Press author Kelly E. Happe weighs in on the Angelina Jolie story, BRCA testing, and the new “previvor.”
Read her blog post here!
[I]t is one thing to protect an individual so that she may actually live with a greater degree of freedom, that is, make our streets safe so that women may walk alone at night. It is another thing entirely to “protect” someone and in so doing to limit their freedom and mobility. We must be careful to distinguish offers of protection that are made in a context that places limitations on women’s freedom.
Farah Jasmine Griffin. 2001. ‘“Ironies of the Saint”: Malcolm X, Black Women, and the Price of Protection.’ in Bettye Collier-Thomas and V. P. Franklin, eds., Sisters in the Struggle: African American in the Civil Rights-Black Power Movement. NYU Press: 217-8. (via james-bliss)
Love this quote. (Psst, check out Sisters in the Struggle here!)
Is South African literature hanging on the edge?
Nearly two decades after the fall of apartheid, what has changed in fact and fiction in South Africa? This Saturday, May 4, the country’s premier writers will descend on the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature to debate literature and free expression in the country. The panel South Africa in Two Acts will feature celebrated authors Zakes Mda, Siphiwo Mahala, and Margie Orford, and will be moderated by Zimbabwean human rights attorney, writer, and PEN American Center President Peter Godwin.
photo of the Drakensberg by darkroomillusions on a CC license
PEN is awesome, and is also featured at NYU! Need to brush up on my South African lit…
Our award-winning book designs in the 2013 New York Book Show, sponsored by the Book Industry Guild of New York!
Congratulations again to our amazing production team!
Known for her legal thrillers, University of Colorado law professor Wesson (Chilling Effect) employs her expertise to great effect in this exhaustive study of a famous crime that left its mark on the American legal system…Wesson’s efforts result in a true crime drama that’s well researched, easy to read, and oddly compelling.
On March 5, NYPD Chief of Detectives Phil Pulaski ordered officers to perform criminal background checks on complaining witnesses as well as alleged perpetrators in domestic violence cases. A police source told the New York Post that reminding women of their open warrants “force[s] them to remain cooperative.” Don’t want to prosecute your partner? You can go to jail instead.
The current media fascination with women and power, sparked by elaborate controversies over Yahoo executive Marissa Mayer and Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg, might seem both disappointing and amusing to the legions of American women engaged in social and political activism during the first decades of the twentieth century. The disappointment is easy to understand. Why, they might ask, after more than 100 years of feminism, are we still disconcerted by women in positions of authority? And why do we still have to confront systemic conflicts between work and family? And why don’t women support each other more, and better?
During Women’s History Month, are we thinking outside of the U.S.?
What about the global girls? Leela Fernandes speaks about women’s history and the challenges of global politics on our blog.
This may seem very far afield from women’s history, but I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the hookup scene on college campuses—specifically the ways in which parties facilitate women making out with other women (presumably for the pleasure of male onlookers) and in some cases, threesomes between two women and a man—and how this practice might be tied to history.
…the familiar understanding of the Civil Rights movement is that Martin Luther King, Jr., was the person who initiated it—but in fact, ass-kicking investigator and activist Rosa Parks was initiating resistance while King was still in high school. She wasn’t an elderly woman who happened to sit on the bus: she was a radical activist who saw what needed to be done, and then kept her mouth shut so that she could become a strategic symbol.