Women’s Bioethics Blog: Are you a Bully?

Women’s Bioethics Blog: Are you a Bully?

Now it is time to end the silence: There is a hidden culture of girls’ aggression in which bullying is epidemic, distinctive and destructive. It is not marked by the direct physical and verbal behavior that is primarily the province of boys. Our culture refuses girls access to open conflict, and it forces their aggression into nonphysical, indirect and covert forms. Girls use backbiting, exclusion, rumors, name-calling, and manipulation to inflict psychological pain on targeted victims. Unlike boys, who tend to bully acquaintances or strangers, girls frequently attack within tightly knit networks of friends, making aggression harder to identify and intensify the damage to the victims.

The book Odd Girl Out: the Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls by Rachel Simmons describes the hidden culture of aggression, where girls fight with body language and relationships instead of fists and knives. In this world, friendship is a weapon, and the sting of a shout pales in comparison to a day of someone’s silence.

******* Read the entire article at Women’s Bioethics Blog: Are you a Bully?

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Brainstorm: Women and Fear – Chronicle.com

 Regina Barreca’s blog post at the Chronicle of Higher Education.

“Fear is a matriarchy; fear is passed down through mothers.

These are fighting words, and I wish they weren’t true but I believe they are: girls are still encouraged to maintain their desire for protection by others in lieu of forging their own sets of strengths. “

Read more at —  Brainstorm: Women and Fear – Chronicle.com

Women’s Studies Dissertations and Theses – Great research!

Important note!Available one campus or through VPN with login.

Lots of fascinating research can be found in the Proquest Dissertations and Theses database. Get the full text directly to your comnputer in PDF format! Great resource for comprehensive bibliographies for your own research as well. Stand on the shoulders of these fine WS Scholars.

Here’s a sample:
The lived experience of being in a sacred place constructed as an archetypal circle
by Carroll, Mary J. (Jan), Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park, 2007, 449 pages; AAT 3260419
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study is to understand the meaning of women’s lived experiences of major archetypes revealed through a “walk about” journey around the directions of a sacred circle. Significant themes are opened up through hermeneutic phenomenological methodology and developed using metaphorical language related to the images that surfaced. Four women took part in several, in-depth, guided imagery sessions with the researcher where they explored different directions of a sacred circle. Their visions and interpretations of this experience, coupled with literary and philosophic sources, further reveal the deeper meaning of a sacred experience and the power of this extraordinary way of exploring women’s interior lives. Multiple metaphors surfaced related to the explored archetypes which were the warrior, divine child, goddess, sage, mother earth, father sky and center. . . (more at database entry)

View the most current entries at: Dissertations and Theses in Women’s Studies

UConn community members (on campus or vis VPN) can access the entire list of Women’s Studies Dissertations at the Women’s Studies Resources Pubs & Blogs tab.

Follow your curiosity! Explore new thoughts and ideas! Go where no (wo)man has gone before (apologies to Capt. Kirk!).

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