Gender on Campus: Issues for College Women

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Rutgers University Press, 1998 - Education - 308 pages

Gender on Campus is the first book to combine solid analyses of the broad range of gender issues for women in college with realistic approaches to heighten awareness and alleviate problems. Written for students, the book first clarifies the concept of feminism and then examines gender dynamics in a variety of settings and contexts-from the classroom to the sports field and from language to social life. Sharon Gmelch probes sexism, racism, and homophobia on campus and surveys the special issues facing diverse women students. The book also addresses issues relating to body image and sexuality. Its final chapters analyze the role gender continues to play after college-in the media, workplace, and politics.

After a thorough discussion of a topic, each chapter concludes with possibilities for action ("What You Can Do") as well as a selected bibliography of books, videos, and organizations that students can consult. Gender on Campus is an invaluable resource for students, parents, and administrators, as well as an excellent text for women's studies courses.

 

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Contents

What Is Feminism? 3
26
Language and Gender
45
Women and Sports
59
DEALING WITH
77
Racism in the Colorblind Academy
94
Beyond the Coed
118
SE XUALITY AND THE BODY
140
Eating and Body Image
153
Rape and Sexual Assault
200
COLLEGE
207
BE Y O N D
217
Women and Work
234
Women and Politics
255
APPENDIX Safety on Campus
267
Notes
277
Women and Disability 134
291

Women Drinking and Drugs
167
Sexuality and Reproductive Issues
185

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SHARON BOHN GMELCH is a cultural anthropologist and the director of the women's studies program at Union College. She is the author of four books, including Nan: The Life of an Irish Travelling Woman and, most recently, The Parish Behind God's Back: The Changing Culture of Rural Barbados.

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