Addressing Rape on Campus: Beyond Obama and Trump

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Contact person: Rhiannon Graybill

Rape on campus has become a political pawn, as the Department of Education under Trump first rescinded and is now replacing the Obama-era Title IX guidance with new regulations. In this political framing, Obama's guidance supported victims while Trump's new guidance protects the accused. While this framework has some usefulness, it obscures the realities of sexual violence on college campuses.

Dr. Meredith Minister, author of Rape Culture on Campus, presents a framework for understanding rape on campus and then draws on that framework to suggest how campuses can work to prevent and respond to sexual violence no matter who controls the White House.

This event is free and open to the public. 

Gender and Sexuality Studies

GSS Film Series: Tales of the Waria

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Contact person: Rhiannon Graybill

Monday, Oct. 22, 6 PM: Tales of the Waria

At a time when transgender communities around the world are largely ignored or misrepresented in the media, the 60-minute documentary video Tales of the Waria intimately explores how one such community confronts issues of love, family, and faith. Traveling to Indonesia, the world’s most populated Muslim country, the film trains its lens on the warias, biological men who identify as women and are a surprisingly visible presence in a culture normally associated with strict gender divides. Interweaving the stories of several warias who make extraordinary sacrifices for love, Tales of the Waria creates a moving and unexpected portrait of a community that dares to live differently from the norm, despite what consequences may await them.

Gender and Sexuality Studies

What Can I Do with a GSS Minor?

What can you do with a minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies?  Here are some of the things that our GSS alums are doing:

Sarah Bacot (’13) after spending a year traveling the world as a Watson Fellow, studying Queer Communities, Sarah completed a law degree at Harvard in 2018 and is about to begin clerking for a federal district judge.

Ian Lekus - “Fear of a Queer Planet: Activism, Culture Wars, and LGBT Human Rights”

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Ian Lekus is an LGBT Thematic Specialist for Amnesty International USA and a Lecturer in Cornell University’s Washington, D.C. Program, where he is teaching a seminar on social justice in our nation’s capital. He has previously taught U.S. and world history, sexuality and gender studies, HIV/AIDS, and other topics at Harvard, Duke, Tufts, and the Universities of Georgia and Maryland. He is currently completing his first book, Queer and Present Dangers: Sexuality, Masculinity, and the Sixties, under advance contract with the University of North Carolina Press. Both his advocacy and his scholarship address the intersections between grassroots social movements, political and cultural change, and sexuality and gender.

"Over the past few years, human rights violations against sexual and gender minorities have drawn unprecedented global attention, seemingly pitting the West against Russia and the Global South. But why now? How does this easy, comfortable narrative obscure an intricate tapestry of sexuality and gender; race, religion and culture; grassroots organizing; and globalization and reaction? How does the ongoing, genuine queer human rights crisis across the globe reinforce Western preconceptions about hopelessly corrupt African leaders and failed African governance, intractably authoritarian Russian political culture, and endemic misogyny and fanaticism in the Middle East? How are LGBT human rights fundamentally intertwined with other critical issues in democratic civil society? In “Fear of a Queer Planet,” I address these questions, explore how LGBT people and their allies have staked claims to inclusion in the international human rights system, and demonstrate the urgent need for a usable history to combat global homophobia and transphobia." --Ian Lekus

Rhodes College Amnesty International

Gender & Sexuality Studies

Gender and Sexuality Studies (GSST) is an interdisciplinary program that focuses on gender and sexuality as categories of analysis. Courses in GSST range widely in focus and content. However, what these courses share is a recognition, shaped by feminist and queer perspectives, of the ways in which gender and sexuality function as part of a dynamic system, one that shapes identity, structures knowledge, and determines the distribution of social and political power. Courses in GSST can include a variety of different topics and directions, including the following: