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A guide to online and print resources for research in women's, gender, and sexuality studies.
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 DVDs at Snell Library.

The Purity Myth
(DVD) The United States is obsessed with virginity from the media to schools to government agencies. The Purity Myth is an important and timely critique of about why this is so, and why it's problematic for girls and women. Analyzing cultural stereotypes and media messages, Jessica Valenti reveals the overt and hidden ways our society links a woman's worth to her sexuality rather than to values like honesty, kindness, and altruism. With intelligence and wit, this film exposes the legal and social punishments that women who dare to have sex endure, while presenting a powerful argument that evaluating girls and women on their sexuality needs to stop.

The bro code: how contemporary culture creates sexist men
(DVD) Introduction (2:15) -- Step 1. Train men to womanize (18:03) -- Step 2. Immerse men in porn (13:25) -- Step 3. Make rape jokes (11:33) -- Step 4. Obey the masculinity cops (12:22).

Killing us softly 4: advertising's image of women /
(DVD) A 2010 sequel to the classic work by Jean Kilbourne. Contents: Introduction -- Ads everywhere -- A constructed beauty -- Objectification -- Judged by looks alone -- Thinness -- Dieting -- Eating & morality -- Global impact -- Infantilization & powerlessness -- Advertising & sex -- Experienced virgins -- Consumerism & sexualizing products -- Masculinity -- Violence -- What to do?

The codes of gender: identity + performance in pop culture
(DVD) Contents: Sex & gender -- The feminine touch -- The ritualization of subordination -- Licensed withdrawal -- Infantalization -- Codes of masculinity -- Trapped in the code -- History, power & gender display.


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Academic OneFile (Gale) 

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Doctoral Candidate Wins Prestigious Fellowship from Advocacy Group (May 21, 2015, news@northeastern) scholar Oyenike Balogun-​​Mwangi

Games the Key to Girls' STEM Education (June 28, 2013, news@northeastern) --and related event: The Gender Gap in STEM is No Game 

3Qs The Changing Nature of Marriage: featuring Suzanna Walters, Director of the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program (Dec 7, 2012, news@northeastern)


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Featured Encyclopedia

Jewish Women: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia-- a free source hosted at the Jewish Women's Archive



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The Female King of Colonial Nigeria - Nwando Achebe
ISBN: 9780253222480
Publication Date: 2011
Nwando Achebe presents the fascinating history of an Igbo woman, Ahebi Ugbabe, who became king in colonial Nigeria. Ugbabe was exiled from Igboland, became a prostitute, traveled widely, and learned to speak many languages. She became a close companion of Nigerian Igala kings and the British officers who supported her claim to the office of headman, warrant chief, and later, king. In this unique biography, Achebe traces the roots of Ugbabe's rise to fame and fortune. While providing critical perspectives on women, gender, sex and sexuality, and the colonial encounter, she also considers how it was possible for this woman to take on the office and responsibilities of a traditionally male role.


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