March 8th


GraduateCROW Gendersymposium 2010

Very cool keynotes and performers (including a drag king show sponsored by SWS Akron on April 1st, details to be announced!) at the

sponsored by the student organization of the Graduate Committee of Research on Women and Gender in Akron, here is the schedule:

Wednesday, March 31 --- Student Union Theater

4:45 Welcome

5:00 – 6:00 Keynote Address by Kathy Kelly

6:00 – 7:00 Reception (free)

7:00 – 8:00 Performance by Staceyann Chin

Thursday, April 1 --- Martin Center Knight Rooms

8:00 – 8:30 Coffee and refreshments (free)

8:30 – 8:50 Opening remarks and introductions

8:55 – 11:50 Session One, panels 1.a – 2.a

11:50 – 12:55 Lunch at Martin Center Faculty Lounge and Restaurant

12:55 – 5:15 Session Two, Panels 2.b – 5

Friday, April 2 --- Martin Center Knight Rooms

9:00 – 9:25 Coffee and refreshments (free)

9:25 – 11:45 Session Three, Panels 6.a – 6.b

11:45 – 12:55 Lunch at Martin Center Faculty Lounge and Restaurant

12:55 – 4:15 Session Four, Panels 6.c – 10


Glances from the winter meeting!

The winter meeting of SWS was held from February 4 to 7 in Santa Barbara/CA. In beutiful setting roundtables, workshops and lectures centered around the theme "Left Coast Feminsims: Reimagingin Borders, Bodies and the Law."

Can you believe this is the "campus" of UC Santa Barbara? How do people get work done here?

For new Akron leaders Marci and Jennyerin it was the first time at a winter meeting,...

...while Jodi (and Mikaia!, here with G&S editor Dana Britton) are "pros" at the meetings...

...who proactively participated in an interesting debate/vote about award policies...

...and Dani? Slacked off with former SWS Akron faculty advisor Sarah at the banquet :-)

Check out more pictures from the winter meeting on our facebook album!


Vagina Monologues 2010

...organized by Akron's women's study department (become a fan on their facebook page!)this year supported by SWS member Dani, Eightiiiies! Eve Ensler and the organization rocked. Both performances were sold out at the EJ Thomas Hall and the organization team was able to break their fundraiser record. Rrrocks!


Winter Meeting Coming up!

Get ready for the winter meeting of SWS!
THEME: LEFT COAST FEMINISMS: Reimagining Borders, Bodies and the Law
DATES: February 4 - 7, 2010
PLACE: Hotel Mar Monte, Santa Barbara, CA

New team in Akron

The SWS chapter Akron is excited to announce the incoming, inspiring, new leadership team for the next year(s)! From left to right: Marci Cottingham (co vice-president), Michael Steiner (treasurer), Monica Oliva (co vice-president), and Jenneyerin Steele Stats (president)!


The Price of Pleasure - report

About 100 people came to see the fantastic documentary The Price of Pleasure by Dr. Chyng Sun on November 12 2009 in the Student Union Theater which was organized by the Akron chapter of Sociologists for Women and Society and the new local chapter of Campus Coalition for Sexual Literacy founded by Darlene Forrest. It revealed some quite shocking facts about the 13 Billion dollar industry of pornography in the US (the revenues are bigger than those from NFL, NBA and major baseball league together). 13,000 porn videos are produced in one year; 900 million rentals were counted for the year 2003. Porn is cultural and economic mainstream promoted for example also by Time Warner who earns a million Dollar by cooperation with porn producers.
The nucleus of the film was a content analysis Dr. Chyng Sun carried out, in which she examines the top sellers of mainstream pornography in the US. The research team finds that in 98% of their sample verbal and physical abuse of women and 94% actual violence against women is the thrill for the spectators. Although the link between watching porn and acting out violence is scientifically not clearly examined, we know today that in 70% of child abuse porn was used in the setting. The documentary does a good job in not going into the “let’s abolish porn” corner, but in revealing that sexualized violence against women – through porn – is clearly rendering violence against women invisible. It also wisely deconstructs the argument that being critical of porn is being against sex, after all, “being critical about McDonalds does not mean you are against eating,” as one interviewee states.
About 50 people stayed for the Q and A session with Chyng which was moderated by Marie Bozin who also brought in own findings of qualitative projects on this topic. The discussion was characterized by the powerful impressions the documentary had left in the audience and brought – among other topics –to light the contradiction between illegal prostitution and the flourishing porn industry in this country and the overall missing critical discussion of porn. Clearly the argument that it is a good job opportunity for uneducated women is not as convincing, as only very few women gain wealth with pornography and can sustain a career in this business.
For those who could not make it, a DVD of the 60 minute documentary will be available in the Teaching Resources Lab in the sociology department of Akron. Also, you can check out a full length online preview online under this link in smaller resolution): .
Pictures and comments are shared on the facebook site of the event: A big thank you goes out to Dr. Chyng Sun who was more than a pleasant guest! More information on this outstanding scholar and person can be found on her website . I am really excited to thank the best SWS troupe I have ever worked with on this campus: Jennyerin Steele-Staats, Mike Steiner, Marci Cottingham, Monica Oliva, Darlene Forrest, Hannah Furnas (the undergrad gem in the round) and Jodi Ross, who made this event possible! The new cohort is totally rockin’ us! There is certainly more to come!