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by Bonnie J. Morris

With sharp wit and keen insight, Bonnie J. Morris opens new perspectives on the gender and generation gaps on campus, exploring the negative stereotypes that keep many students from taking women's studies courses. Since 1993, the George Washington University women's history professor has traveled the globe with her one-woman play, "Revenge of the Women's Studies Professor," engaging audiences from New Zealand to New York in a frank conversation about the backlash against feminism and women's studies. This book presents scenes from the original play along with reflections on changing views of gender and sexuality in American society, politics, and popular culture. The result is part memoir, part history of our times, and part critique of higher education.

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ISBN: 0253352959
ISBN13: 978-0253352958
Category: Education
Subcategory: Schools & Teaching
Author: Bonnie J. Morris
Language: English
Publisher: Indiana University Press (February 18, 2009)
Pages: 184 pages
ePUB size: 1941 kb
FB2 size: 1838 kb
Rating: 4.5
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As a humanities graduate student myself interested in similar topics, I could not put this book down. While this book is mostly memoir, it also offers eye-opening glimpses of the struggles and triumphs of a Women's History Professor as she drives a U-Haul from California to Cambridge, confronts misogyny from students in office hours, and is constantly questioned "Why should we study 'Women's History'?".
While this book will be especially insightful (and perhaps familiar) for those involved in Academia, it is also great for anyone who thinks Women's Studies is composed mainly of "male-bashing" "feminazi" "dykes". Anyone who reads this book (and please read it before offering criticism), will see that Women's History is not a special interest, but a legitimate and understudied subject. Particularly entertaining are the many anecdotes and quotes pulled directly from Morris' former students who represent all viewpoints. Not only do we hear of students who receive ridicule from other Frat Brothers for taking a Women's Studies course, but also students who do not fight Dr. Morris on the content of the course, but on receiving a A-.
I think that Morris' memoir is especially valuable as a way to view the Women's Movement in the 80s through 00s within Academia. Not only does she map out how Women's Studies Professors were first spawned, but also points out flaws still within Academia (for instance, the lack of funding for Women's Studies Departments and the harsh reality that many qualified scholars are relegated to Adjunct Positions). A great read for anyone with an interest in Academia, Women and Gender Studies or memoirs.
This book is another rehash of the same old tired misandry that gives "Women's Studies" hate training classes such a bad name. The author has figured out that many people don't want her old tired hate training, but has not taken it to heart. She blame everyone but herself. In her narrow view, its our fault for being offended by our taxes being spent for hate training against half of the human race.