Update, December 29, 2016

Happy New Year!!

Here’s a little food for thought from  Judith Warner of the Center for American Progress, “Women have outnumbered men on college campuses since 1988, they have earned at least a third of law degrees since 1980, were fully a third of medical school students by 1990, and have outnumbered men in earning undergraduate business degrees since 2002… [However,] in a broad range of fields, their presence in top leadership positions—as equity law partners, medical school deans, and corporate executive officers—remains stuck at a mere 10 to 20 percent. Their ‘share of voice’—the average proportion of their representation on op-ed pages and corporate boards, as TV pundits, and in Congress—is just 15 percent. In fact, it’s now estimated that, at the current rate of change, it will take until 2085 for women to reach parity with men in leadership roles in our country.” I took this quote from the Center for Women’s Leadership website, and they are offering a program as an antidote to this distressing situation: If you know or in fact ARE a college-age woman-identified person who wants to participate in NEW LEADERSHIP OREGON, please see more info here.

Here’s what’s been happening.

  1. Teaching: Winter term, starting January 9 — Introduction to Women’s Studies and Gender, Race and the Roots of Rock ‘n’ Roll through the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Department at Portland State University. These are on-line classes. 

2. Reading: Conflict is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility and the Duty of Repair by Sarah Schulman


3. Reading: Dead Again: The Russian Intelligentsia After Communism by Masha Gessen

4. Reading, with concern: At the University of Oregon, no more free speech for professors on subjects such as race, religion, sexual orientation By Eugene Volokh, in The Washington Post December 26

5. Excited about: The 3rd Annual Girls: Oregon, Action, Leadership and Service Summit will be held on Wednesday, April 26 at Portland State University. Registration for the Summit is now open! If you are interested in being part of the Teen Leadership Council to help us plan the 3rd Annual GOALS Summit, please contact Bernice at cwlinfo@pdx.edu. We will be meeting at Portland State University every other weeks starting January 25th. If you are interested in being part of this dynamic force, please sign up and nominate a friend here!

6. Reading: Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi. 

7. Reading: The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin by Masha Gessen

8. Giving birth to: a very cute baby!! (In October)

9. Contributing to: the planning for the Experience Music Project 2017 Pop Studies Conference. The conference, indeed the whole museum, has actually changed it’s name to the “Museum of Popular Culture” (MoPop) and consequently the MoPop Conference. Regardless, the conference is called  SIGN O’ THE TIMES: MUSIC AND POLITICS and will be taking place April 20–23, 2017 in Seattle at MoPOP. Other committee members included: José Anguiano (Cal State, Los Angeles); Jasen Emmons (Museum of Pop Culture); Daniel Goldmark (Case Western Reserve University); writer, director, and activist dream hampton; Charles Hughes (Rhodes College); Tavia Nyong’o (Yale); Ann Powers (NPR); writer Laura Snapes; writer and music producer Andy Zax, ably organized by Eric Weissbard.

10. Some reasons to be hopeful but not naive (linked articles):

Diversity increasing in Oregon Legislature: All 10 new members of the House of Representatives identify either as people of color, female or gay.

Women’s Definitive Guide to Getting Political

Why I’m Risking Everything to Fight Texas’s Fetal Burial Rule

More than 5000 women have signed up for this leadership incubator 

11. Anticipating: the release of the new Journal of Popular Music Studies special issue on girls and girlhood, edited by Diane Pecknold and myself, and including these articles:


“Sexual knowledge and practiced feminisms: On moral panic, black girlhoods, and hip hop” by Christina Carney, Jillian Hernandez and Anya M. Wallace


Pretty Talking All Fades (P.T.A.F)

“Sonic Pedagogies: Latina girls, mother-daughter relationships, and learning feminisms through the consumption of Jenni Rivera” by Yessica Garcia-Hernandez

Morrissey and Phranc






“This Charming Butch: The male pop idol, girl fans, and lesbian (in)visibility” by Barbara Jane Brickman

“The Lollipop Girl’s voice: Respectability, migration, and Millie Small’s ‘My Boy Lollipop’” by Alexandra Apolloni

“Embodied Kawaii: Girls’ voices in J-pop” by Sarah Keith and Diane Hughes

12. Reading: Moonglow by Michael Chabon

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