Study shows people view women as a collection of body parts

From — a really great resource of all sorts of new research, NEW research on the objectification of women! Who knew. See the posting here:

Study shows people view women as a collection of body parts.

The article, which was just published, is titled “Seeing women as objects: The sexual body part recognition bias.” It’s a collaboration between international scholars from the U.S., the Netherlands, and Italy including Sarah J. Gervais, Theresa K. Vescio, Jens FÖrster, Anne Maass, and Caterina Suitner. They state:

In the present research, we introduced and tested the sexual body part recognition bias hypothesis that states that women’s (versus men’s) bodies are reduced to their sexual body parts.

The article is published in European Journal of Social Psychology, Eur. J. Soc. Psychol. (2012) by Wiley Online Library ( DOI: 10.1002/ejsp.1890

Here’s the link to article for UConn community (requires authentication)


Put the Blame on Eve: What Women Must Overcome to Feel Worthy

Meet the Author : Melinda Rising
Put the Blame on Eve: What Women Must Overcome to Feel Worthy
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
6 PM UConn Co-op

Book cover from Put the blame on EveIn her groundbreaking book, Put the Blame on Eve, Dr. Rising investigates the “curse of Eve.” She follows the roots of women’s struggle for equal pay, equal status, and equal respect back to the biblical story of Adam and Eve and the serpent and the apple. Rising has served as Women’s Issues Chair for the AAUW’s Connecticut chapter, as Commissioner for the New England Association for Schools and Colleges, and as an academic Dean and Dean of continuing education for a variety of public and private institutions in Connecticut, including UConn.

Thanks to the UConn/Storrs Women’s Center Newsletter for this alert.

Dr. Eve Shapiro to speak at UConn Rainbow Center 2/2/2011

Date: Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Time: 12pm – 1:30pm

Place: UConn Storrs Campus, Rainbow Center @ Student Union, SU 403

Admission Fee: Free and open to the public

The Rainbow Center’s Out to Lunch Lecture Series continues the semester with a presentation by Eve Shapiro entitled, “Gender Circuits: Bodies and Identities in a Technological Age”.

Dr. Shapiro book cover "Gender Circuits"

This talk, based on Eve’s new book Gender Circuits, explores the impact of new technologies on the gendered lives of individuals.  Examining the complex intersections between gender ideologies, social scripts, information and biomedical technologies, and embodied identities, Eve will explore whether and how new technologies are reshaping what it means to be a gendered person in contemporary society.

“This smart, provocative, and readable book explores how the stuff of science fiction has become normalized in our contemporary society. The book’s accessibility is enhanced by the author’s willingness to lead the reader through her own personal and political explorations of these themes, while bringing in the latest gender and biotechnology scholarship.”—Meika Loe, Sociology and Women’s Studies, Colgate University

Dr. Eve Shapiro is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Westfield State University in Westfield, Massachusetts.  Her current research elaborates the dynamic relationships between identity and community, including how new information and biomedical technologies are changing the gendered lives of cisgender and transgender people.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunches.

For more about Dr. Shapiro, see her homepage at:

More information on the lecture series is available at:


New WS books @Babbidge

Here are a few of the new titles which have arrived in the past few months.  See a longer list at  New WS books.

See a many more at  New WS books.

AlterNet: Sex R Us: The Rise of Enlightened Sexism

Sex R Us via AlterNet: Sex R Us: The Rise of Enlightened Sexism.

I know this may not sit right with some of my readers, but many young women have been totally snowed by the patriarchy into thinking that dressing in the skimpiest of clothing is empowering and equalizing while it is neither. How many men do that? The male gaze is having a feast and not having to put in any effort on their part. Dr. Douglas explains this so clearly in her new book (excerpts below, more at AlterNet). Wake up, girls.

The following is an excerpt from Susan J. Douglas’ new book, The Rise of Enlightened Sexism (St. Martin’s Press, 2010). Copyright © 2010 by Susan J. Douglas

Here’s the twist that emerged. Some young women wanted sexual equity with men: that’s a claim for equal power. They didn’t want to be mere sex objects, they wanted to be active sexual agents. But while true and total sexual equality between men and women is still too threatening, it has nonetheless proved lucrative to flatter women that they have it. So the media began to highlight this message: it’s through sex and sexual display that women really have the power to get what they want. And because the true path to power comes from being an object of desire, girls and women should now actively choose—even celebrate and embrace—being sex objects. That’s the mark of a truly confident, can-do girl: one whose objectification isn’t imposed from without, but comes from within. You have to admit, this is a very slick contortion.

The best way to gain this kind of power is to cater to what men want. And you’re not acquiescing to men or to patriarchal sexual requirements: by submitting, you’re in the driver’s seat! Thus, in the hands of, say, Cosmo, the sexpert appreciates the ultimate requirement to please him (even at her expense or discomfort if necessary), to reassurehim about his performance, and to constantly monitor and refine her ability to look sexy and to do what he wants and needs. This persona of the sexpert is almost always white, young, heterosexual, slim, busty, beautiful, and middle- or upper-middle-class (i.e., the media’s target demographic). She is ideal for the age of enlightened sexism because she is a hybrid of empowerment and objectification. In this way, women’s hopes for sexual equity have become wrapped up in glossy images that sold jeans, underwear, magazines, music videos, and TV shows and allowed Victoria’s Secret to conquer the malls of America. And as the image and prevalence of the sexpert colonized more media outlets and hailed ever and ever younger girls, her image polarized women and men, especially along generational lines.

To check for this book in a library near you, here’s the link in WorldCat

Newest Books in WS @ Babbidge Library

Just four of the new books that have come in in the past year. See more at the New Books list.

UConn Stamford : Women’s Studies Events, Fall 2010

UConn Stamford has a very active Women’s Studies Program.  This Fall they are hosting four special talks on fascinating topics.

Monday, September 27
4 pm
MPR (Room 108)
“Oscar Wilde and a Mother of Great Importance”  Lecture by Professor Margaret Stetz, University of Delaware. This lecture will invite the audience to consider more closely how Oscar Wilde, who is often seen in terms of his significance to men, was a figure of great importance to the world of women.
Thursday, October 7
7 pm
Schreiber Reading Room.
“Like There’s No Tomorrow” Lecture and performance by internationally acclaimed lesbian playwright Carolyn Gage.  “The work of an experienced and esteemed playwright like Carolyn Gage is the air that modern theatre needs.—Jewelle Gomez, author of The Gilda Stories, San Francisco Arts Commissioner.
Tuesday, October 19
6 pm
MPR (Room 108)
“Challenges and Obstacles Faced by Latina Domestic Violence Survivors” by Professor Jenny Rivera, CUNY School of Law.  In 1993 Professor Rivera clerked for then District Judge Sonia Sotomayor.   She is the founder and Director of the Law School’s Center on Latino and Latina Rights and Equality (CLORE). Professor Rivera is a former Administrative Law Judge of the New York State Division of Human Rights, a former member of the New York City Commission on Human Rights, and served as the Special Deputy Attorney General for Civil Rights for New York State Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo. —co-sponsored by DVCC
Wednesday, Nov. 3
4 pm
MPR (Room 108)
“Empowering Afghan Women and Girls: Women for Afghan Women’s Community-Based Approach” by Sunita Viswanath.  Sunita Viswanath is a co-founder and board member of Women for Afghan Women, and editor of Women for Afghan Women: Shattering Myths and Claiming the Future (Palgrave/St. Martins Press).
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