Feminist Studies in the Classroom


Special Feature for Instructors:

Teachable Feminist Studies Articles
Across Four Decades

We asked over 20 seasoned professors to name articles that have worked well in classrooms. Here is a selection of articles that they have repeatedly assigned. You might find them useful as you design your syllabus. And we welcome your suggestions to help expand our list.

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Theorizing Difference

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  1. “Is Female to Male
    as Nature is to Culture?”
    Sherry OrtnerFeminist Studies 1, no. 2 (Fall 1972): 5-31 Order this article only (pdf)
  2. “The Conflict between Nurturance and Autonomy in Mother-Daughter Relationships and within Feminism.”Jane FlaxFeminist Studies 4, no. 2 (Summer 1978): 171-189Special Issue “Toward a Feminist Theory
    of Motherhood.”
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  3. “Freedom’s Yoke: Gender Conventions among Antebellum Free Blacks.” James Oliver HortonFeminist Studies 12, no. 1 (Spring 1986): 51-76 Order this article only (pdf)
  4. “Deconstructing Equality versus Difference, or, The Uses of Poststructuralist Theory for Feminism.” Joan W. ScottFeminist Studies 14, no. 1 (Spring 1988): 33-50Order this article only (pdf)
  5. “Feminism and Difference:
    The Perils of Writing as a Woman
    on Women in Algeria.”
    Marina LazregFeminist Studies 14, no.1 (Spring 1988): 81-107 Order this article only (pdf)
  6. “Situated Knowledges: The Science Question in Feminism and the Privilege of Partial Perspective.” Donna HarawayFeminist Studies 14, no. 3 (Fall 1988): 575-599Order this article only (pdf)
  7. “Feminist Criticism, ‘The Yellow Wallpaper,’ and the Politics
    of Color in America.”
    Susan S. LanserFeminist Studies 15, no. 3 (Fall 1989): 415-441Special Issue“Feminist Reinterpretations /
    Reinterpretations of Feminism.”
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  8. “Debating Difference: Feminism, Pregnancy, and the Workplace.” Lise VogelFeminist Studies 16, no. 1 (Spring 1990): 9-32Order this article only (pdf)
  9. “‘What Has Happened Here’: The Politics of Difference in Women’s History and Feminist Politics.” Elsa Barkley BrownFeminist Studies 18, no. 2 (Summer 1992): 295-312Order this article only (pdf)
  10. “Compounding Differences.” Nancy A. HewittFeminist Studies 18, no. 2 (Summer 1992):313-326Order this article only (pdf)
  11. “Theorizing Difference
    from Multiracial Feminism.”
    Maxine Baca Zinn and Bonnie Thornton DillFeminist Studies 22, no. 2 (Summer 1996): 321-331Order this article only (pdf)
  12. “Orientalism’ and Middle East
    Feminist Studies”
    Lila Abu LughodFeminist Studies 27, no. 1 (Spring 2001): 101-113Order this article only (pdf)
  13. “Radical Feminism, Lesbian Separatism, and Queer Theory.” Kathy RudyFeminist Studies 27, no. 1 (Spring 2001): 190-222Order this article only (pdf)
  14. “Toward a Full-Inclusion Feminism:
    A Feminist Deployment
    of Disability Analysis.”
    Judy RohrerFeminist Studies 31, no. 1 (Spring 2005): 34-63Order this article only (pdf)
  15. “Class Absences: Cutting Class
    in Feminist Studies.”
    Vivyan C. AdairFeminist Studies 31, no. 3 (Fall 2005): 575-603Order this article only (pdf)

Women’s Movements
and Academic Institutionalization

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  1. “Mobilization without Emancipation? Women’s Interests, the State, and Revolution in Nicaragua.” Maxine MolyneuxFeminist Studies 11, no. 2 (Summer 1985): 227-254Order this article only (pdf)
  2. “Made in America:
    ‘French Feminism’ in Academia.”
    Claire Goldberg MosesFeminist Studies 24, no. 2 (Summer 1998): 241-274Special Issue“Disciplining Feminism?
    The Future of Women’s Studies.”
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  3. “(Inter)Disciplinarity and the Question
    of the Women’s Studies Ph.D.”
    Susan Stanford FriedmanFeminist Studies 24, no. 2 (Summer 1998): 301-325Special Issue “Disciplining Feminism?
    The Future of Women’s Studies.”
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  4. “Refashioning Mother India: Feminism and Nationalism in Late Colonial India.”Mrinalini SinhaFeminist Studies 26, no.3, (Fall 2000): 623-644Order this article only (pdf)
  5. “A Prehistory of Rights: The Age of Consent Debate in Colonial Bengal.” Tanika SarkarFeminist Studies 26, no. 3, (Fall 2000): 601-622Order this article only (pdf)
  6. “Unveiling Scheherazade: Feminist Orientalism in the International Alliance of Women, 1911-1950.” Charlotte WeberFeminist Studies 27, no. 1 (Spring 2001): 125-157Order this article only (pdf)
  7. “Women’s Studies: Interdisciplinary Imperatives, Again.”Robyn WiegmanFeminist Studies 27, no. 2 (Summer 2001): 514-518Order this article only (pdf)
  8. “Multiracial Feminism: Recasting the Chronology of Second Wave Feminism.”Becky ThompsonFeminist Studies 28, no. 2 (Summer 2002): 336-360Special Issue “Second Wave Feminism
    in the United States.”
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  9. “Ph.D. Programs and the Research Mission of Women’s Studies: The Case for Interdiscplinarity.” Sally KitchFeminist Studies 29, no. 2 (Summer 2003): 435-447Order this article only (pdf)
  10. “Graduate Education in Women’s Studies: Paradoxes and Challenges.” Pamela L. CaughieFeminist Studies 29, no. 2 (Summer 2003): 405-408Order this article only (pdf)
  11. “Paradoxes of Empowerment: Interdisciplinary Graduate Pedagogy
    in Women’s Studies.”
    Judith Kegan GardinerFeminist Studies 29, 2 (Summer 2003): 409-421Order this article only (pdf)

Chicana Studies

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  1. Feminist Studies 34, no. 1/2 (Spring/Summer 2008) Special IssueChicana Studies Issue
  2. “The Fiction of Solidarity: Transfronterista Feminisms and Anti-Imperialist Struggles in Central American Transnational Narratives” Ana Patricia Rodríguez Order this article only (pdf)
  3. “Goddess of the Américas in the Decolonial Imaginary: Beyond the Virtuous Virgen/Pagan Puta Dichotomy” Irene Lara Order this article only (pdf)
  4. “Sophia’s Choice: Problems Faced by Female Asylum-Seekers and Their U.S.-Citizen Children” Anita Ortiz Maddali Order this article only (pdf)
  5. “‘I’m a citizen of the universe’:
    Gloria Anzaldúa’s Spiritual Activism as Catalyst for Social Change”
    AnaLouise Keating Order this article only (pdf)
  6. “The Best-Loved Bones:
    Spirit and History in Anzaldúa’s
    ‘Entering into the Serpent’”
    Anthony Lioi Order this article only (pdf)
  7. “Borderland Bolerista:
    The Licentious Lyricism of Chelo Silva”
    Deborah R. Vargas Order this article only (pdf)
  8. “‘They Are Testing You All the Time’: Negotiating Dual Femininities among Chicana Attorneys” Gladys García-López and Denise A. Segura Order this article only (pdf)
  9. “‘Ongoing Missionary Labor’:
    Building, Maintaining, and Expanding Chicana Studies/History:
    An Interview with Vicki L. Ruiz”
    Leisa D. Meyer Order this article only (pdf)
  10. “Sin Vergüenza: Chicana Feminist Theorizing” (Review Essay) Karen Mary Davalos Order this article only (pdf)
  11. “Icons of Love and Devotion:
    Alma López‘s Art” (Art Essay)
    Guisela Latorre Order this article only (pdf)

Women and Prison

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  1. Feminist Studies 30, no. 2 (Summer 2004) Special IssueThe Prison Issue
  2. “Abu Ghraib:
    Arguing against Exceptionalism”
    Jasbir K. Puar Order this article only (pdf)
  3. “Do Prisoners Have Abortion Rights?” Rachel Roth Order this article only (pdf)
  4. “Women in Prison and Work” Marilyn Buck Order this article only (pdf)
  5. “Feminist Ethnographies of Women in Prison” (Review Essay) Beth E. Richie Order this article only (pdf)
  6. “Prison Narratives, Narrative Prisons: Incarcerated Women
    Reading Gayl Jones’s ‘Eva’s Man’”
    Megan Sweeney Order this article only (pdf)
  7. “More Than Just Words: Women’s Poetry and Resistance at Cook County Jail” Ann Folwell Stanford Order this article only (pdf)
  8. “The Medea Project: Mythic Theater
    for Incarcerated Women”
    Sara L. Warner Order this article only (pdf)
  9. “‘Undesirable Relations’:
    Same-Sex Relationships and the Meaning of Sexual Desire at a Women’s Reformatory during the Progressive Era”
    Sarah Potter Order this article only (pdf)
  10. “Parental Rights of Incarcerated Mothers with Children in Foster Care:
    A Policy Vacuum”
    Ronnie Halperin and Jennifer L. Harris Order this article only (pdf)
  11. “Balancing Gender Equity
    for Women Prisoners”
    Deborah Labelle and Sheryl Pimlott Kubiak Order this article only (pdf)
  12. “Some Time in Crime” Rebecca B. Rank Order this article only (pdf)
  13. “All Ellas: Girls Locked Up” Bernardine Dohrn Order this article only (pdf)
  14. “Counting Down the Days” Barbara Saunders Order this article only (pdf)
  15. “Making Home/Making ‘Stranger’:
    An Interview with Cheryl Dunye”
    Maria St. John Order this article only (pdf)
  16. “Voices in Time” Salome Chasnoff Order this article only (pdf)
  17. Marilyn Buck “Prisoner”; “Three Women”;
    “Air Nike Slam Dunk”;
    “Yvette, Prison Poet Goes Home”;
    “Night Showers”; “Dear Liz”;
    “Not a Life Sentence” (Poetry)
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Gender and Capitalism

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  1. “‘Separate and Equal’? Mujeres Libres
    and Anarchist Strategy for Liberation”
    Martha AckelsbergFeminist Studies 11, no. 1 (Spring 1985): 63-84Order this article only (pdf)
  2. “Class Absences: Cutting Class
    in Feminist Studies”
    Vivyan C. AdairFeminist Studies 31, no. 3 (Fall 2005): 575-603Order this article only (pdf)
  3. “Class and Gender Inequalities
    and Women’s Role
    in Economic Development”
    Lourdes Benería and Gita SenFeminist Studies 8, no. 1 (Spring 1982): 157-176Order this article only (pdf)
  4. “Beyond Public Spaces and Private Spheres: Gender, Family,
    and Working-Class Politics in India”
    Leela FernandesFeminist Studies 23, no. 3 (Fall 1997): 525-548Order this article only (pdf)
  5. “Of Patriarchy Born:
    The Political Economy
    of Fertility Decisions”
    Nancy FolbreFeminist Studies 9, no. 2 (Summer 1983): 261-284Order this article only (pdf)
  6. “Housewives, Socialists,
    and the Politics of Food:
    The 1917 New York Cost-of-Living Protests”
    Dana FrankFeminist Studies 11, no. 2 (Summer 1985): 255-286Order this article only (pdf)
  7. “The Dialectics of Wage Work:
    Japanese American Women
    and Domestic Service, 1905-1940”
    Evelyn Nakano GlennFeminist Studies 6, no. 3 (Fall 1980): 432-471Order this article only (pdf)
  8. “Beyond the Family Economy:
    Black and White Working-Class Women during the Great Depression”
    Lois Rita HelmboldFeminist Studies 13, no. 3 (Fall 1987): 629-65Order this article only (pdf)
  9. “The Just Price, the Free Market,
    and the Value of Women”
    Alice Kessler-HarrisFeminist Studies 14, no. 2 (Summer 1988): 235-250Order this article only (pdf)
  10. “‘Big Companies Don’t Hire Us,
    Married Women’: Exploitation
    and Empowerment among Women Workers in South Korea”
    Seung-kyung KimFeminist Studies 22, no. 3 (Fall 1996): 555-572Order this article only (pdf)
  11. “Work and Modesty:
    The Dilemma of Women Traders
    in South India”
    Johanna LessingerFeminist Studies 12, no. 3 (Fall 1986): 581-600Order this article only (pdf)
  12. “Patriarchy in the Transition
    to Capitalism: Central Peru, 1830-1950”
    Florencia E. MallonFeminist Studies 13, no. 2 (Summer 1987): 379-408Order this article only (pdf)
  13. “Women’s History and the Sears Case”Ruth MilkmanFeminist Studies, 12, no. 2 (Summer 1986): 375-400Order this article only (pdf)
  14. “Jane Doe v. Boeing Company: Transsexuality and Compulsory Gendering in Corporate Capitalism”Polly Reed MyersFeminist Studies 36, no. 3 (Fall 2010): 493-517Order this article only (pdf)
  15. “Antiabortion, Antifeminism,
    and the Rise of the New Right”
    Rosalind PetcheskyFeminist Studies 7, no. 2 (Summer 1981): 206-246Order this article only (pdf)
  16. “Falling through the ‘Safety Net’: Women, Economic Crisis,
    and Reaganomics”
    Marilyn PowerFeminist Studies 10, no. 1 (Spring 1984)Order this article only (pdf)
  17. “Romance in the Age of Electronics: Harlequin Enterprises”Leslie RabineFeminist Studies 11, no. 1 (Spring 1985): 39-60Order this article only (pdf)
  18. “Why Is Buying a ‘Madras’ Cotton Shirt
    a Political Act? A Feminist Commodity Chain Analysis”
    Priti RamamurthyFeminist Studies 30, no. 3 (Fall 2004): 734-769Order this article only (pdf)
  19. “Asian Mail-Order Brides, the Threat
    of Global Capitalism, and the Rescue
    of the US Nation-State”
    Christine SoFeminist Studies 32, no. 2 (Summer 2006): 395-419Order this article only (pdf)
  20. Feminist Studies 8, no. 2 (Summer 1982)Special Issue“Women and Work”: Selected Articles from the Special Issue
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    1. “‘My Mother Was Much of a Woman’: Black Woman, Work, and the Family under Slavery”Jacqueline JonesOrder this article only (pdf)
    2. “Redefining ‘Women’s Work’:
      the Sexual Division of Labor in the Auto Industry during World War II”
      Ruth MilkmanOrder this article only (pdf)
    3. “The Historical Problem of the Family Wage: The Ford Motor Company
      and the Five Dollar Day”
      Martha MayOrder this article only (pdf)
    4. “Women, Children, and the Uses
      of the Streets: Class and Gender Conflicts in New York City, 1850-1860”
      Christine StansellOrder this article only (pdf)
  21. Feminist Studies 11, no. 3 (Fall 1985)Cluster“Women at Work”
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    1. “Women Workers and the Yale Strike”Molly Ladd-TaylorOrder this article only (pdf)
    2. “‘WEA’re Worth It!’ Work Culture and Conflict at the Wisconsin Education Association Insurance Trust”Cynthia B. CostelloOrder this article only (pdf)
    3. “Bringing the Family to Work:
      Women’s Culture on the Shop Floor”
      Louise LamphereOrder this article only (pdf)
    4. “‘Abnormal Intimacy’: The Varying Work Networks of Chicana Cannery Workers”Patricia ZavellaOrder this article only (pdf)
  22. Feminist Studies 13, no. 1 (Spring 1987)ClusterEconomic Activity
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    1. “Developing Economic Awareness: Changing Perspectives in Studies of African Women, 1976-1985”Claire RobertsonOrder this article only (pdf)
    2. “Rethinking Work and Kinship
      in a Canadian Hosiery Town, 1910-1950”
      Joy ParrOrder this article only (pdf)
    3. “Gender Segregation in the Transition
      to the Factory: The English Hosiery Industry, 1850-1910”
      Sonya O. RoseOrder this article only (pdf)

Pornography and Commercial Sex

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  1. “Live Sex Acts”Lauren BerlantFeminist Studies 21, no. 2 (Summer 1995): 379-404Order this article only (pdf)
  2. “Stolen Glances:
    Lesbians Take Photographs”
    Tessa Boffin and Jean FraserFeminist Studies 18, no. 3, “The Lesbian Issue” (Fall 1992)
    Art Essay, 551-562
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  3. “Decency and Democracy:
    The Politics of Prostitution
    in Ponce, Puerto Rico, 1890-1900”
    Eileen J. FindlayFeminist Studies 23, no. 3 (Fall 1997): 471-500Order this article only (pdf)
  4. “Gangster Feminism:
    The Feminist Cultural Work
    of HBO’s The Sopranos
    Merri Lisa JohnsonFeminist Studies 33, no. 2 (Summer 2007): 269-296Order this article only (pdf)
  5. “Lifestyle as Resistance:
    The Case of the Courtesans
    of Lucknow, India”
    Veena Talwar OldenburgFeminist Studies 16, no. 2 (Summer 1990): 259-288Order this article only (pdf)
  6. “The Construction of Military Prostitution in South Korea
    during the US Military Rule, 1945-1948”
    Na Young LeeFeminist Studies 33, no. 3 (Fall 2007): 453-481Order this article only (pdf)
  7. “Images of Exotic Women
    in Turn-of-the-Century Tobacco Art”
    Dolores MitchellFeminist Studies, 18, no. 2 (Summer 1992) Art Essay, 327-350Order this article only (pdf)
  8. “When the Devi Is Your Husband:
    Sacred Marriage and Sexual Economy
    in South India”
    Lucinda RambergFeminist Studies 37, no. 1 (Spring 2011): 28-60Order this article only (pdf)
  9. “Feminism and Sexuality in the 1980s”B. Ruby RichFeminist Studies 12, no. 3 (Fall 1986) Review, 525-562Order this article only (pdf)
  10. “Before Their Makers and Their Judges: Prostitutes and White Slaves in the Political Cartoons of the ‘Masses’
    (New York, 1911-1917)”
    Rachel SchreiberFeminist Studies 35, no. 1 (Spring 2009): 161-193Order this article only (pdf)
  11. “Trafficking in Truth:
    Media, Sexuality,
    and Human Rights Evidence”
    Jamie L. SmallFeminist Studies 38, no. 2 (Summer 2012): 415-443 Order this article only (pdf)
  12. “Andrea Dworkin and Me”Christine StarkFeminist Studies 34, no. 3, “The 1970s Issue” (Fall 2008): 584-590Order this article only (PDF)
  13. “‘We are not Beasts of the Field’: Prostitution and the Poor in Plymouth and Southhampton under the Contagious Diseases Acts”Judith Walkovitz and Daniel J. WalkowitzFeminist Studies 1, nos. 3-4 (Winter-Spring, 1973): 73-106Order this article only (pdf)
  14. Feminist Studies 15, no. 2 (Summer 1989)Cluster“The Problematics of Heterosexuality”
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    1. “Beyond Gender Dangers and Private Pleasures: Theory and Ethics
      in the Sex Debates”
      Mariana ValverdeOrder this article only (pdf)
    2. “Virginity and Premarital Sex
      in Contemporary China”
      Xiao ZhouOrder this article only (pdf)
    3. “Marxism, Psychoanalysis,
      and Mother Nature”
      Hilary Manette KleinOrder this article only (pdf)
    4. “Feminism and the Sexual Revolution
      in the Early Twentieth Century:
      The Case of Doris Stevens”
      Leila J. RuppOrder this article only (pdf)