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After a lovely stint in Belfast, Ireland, presenting at the Postgraduate Contemporary Women’s Writing Network’s The ‘F-Word’ in Contemporary Women’s Writing, I’m back and ready to finish up my final semester. I’m currently working on finding a publication for the essay based on my presentation, Getting Shorter, Thinking Bigger: Feminist Advocacy in the Digital Age. Stay tuned for more news on that.
My essay, “Pinspiration: How Pinterest reinforces American ideals of feminine beauty and shame,” will be published in American Shame: Body, Culture, and the Politics of an Emotion, scheduled to be released in summer 2013.
I’ll also be presenting “Getting Shorter, Thinking Bigger: Feminist advocacy in the digital age” at the Postgraduate Contemporary Women’s Writing Network’s conference, The F Word in Contemporary Women’s Writing in early April.
Don’t forget that I’ll also be delivering a lecture on the politicization of women’s health next Thursday, December 6th at (un)SAFE: A Graduate Student Conference in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. See you there!
We are lucky to live in a country where we all have the ability to decide who leads our country. Decades ago, people died for this right in our country. Today, around the world, people are intimidated, jailed, and murdered for fighting for this right.
For this reason, every election is important. Every election is an opportunity to participate in something extraordinary, something powerful. But this year, the election is even more important. Our next president will have the opportunity to select Supreme Court justices and make vital decisions about the direction of our country on almost every issue – the economy, our healthcare, our civil rights.
Locally, we’ve seen how dramatically elected officials can change our lives. Those races, while they receive less press, are just as important. The people we elect to state houses today become the presidential candidates of tomorrow.
For these reasons – and so many more – you need to vote tomorrow. You need to. And you need to vote for progressive leaders who both believe in a brighter future for our country and have a plan to get us there. If you’re unsure of who to vote for, send me a message and let’s talk. If you need to know where your polling place is or are wondering how late the polls are open, check here. And, if you can, volunteer in these last few hours of the campaign. It’s important.
My essay, “Beyond Condoms and Contraceptives: The Rhetoric and Ramifications of ‘Safe’ Sex,” will be published in My Body, My Health: Women’s Stories, scheduled to be released in summer 2013.
If you simply can’t wait that long to read it, I’ll be delivering a lecture on the same topic at (un)SAFE: A Graduate Student Conference in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at the University of Pennsylvania on Thursday, December 6th.
And I’ll be delivering a lecture, entitled “Oh Baby: What Celebrity Moms Teach Us About Motherhood…and the Middle Class” at Celebrity: Exploring Critical Issues in Lisbon, Portugal, in March. More details to come on that.