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Dina Goldstein

Fallen Princesses by Dina Goldstein

This series places the Princesses replaces the “happily ever after” with realistic outcomes.

Fallen Princesses by Dina Goldstein

Do you think these are successful images?

Dina Goldstein

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Pink and Blue

Work by Korean artist Jeongmee Yoon who photographed children with their gender specific toys.

via The Atlantic

And similar work by artist Portia Munson that is now on view at the Kidspace at Mass Moca

Portia Munson

NPR: Saving Our Daughters From An Army Of Princesses

Saving Our Daughters From An Army Of Princesses

http://www.npr.org/2011/02/05/133471639/saving-our-daughters-from-an-army-of-princesses

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Codifying Discrimination?

‘The Revolution Will Not Be Televised’ by Gil Scott-Heron

Poet/Spoken Word Artist Gil Scott-Heron talks about the meaning behind his piece “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.” Excerpt from The 90′s by Skip Blumberg.


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$aint An$elm $tudent$ are not all the $ame

     Many people say that all Saint A’s students are all the same; personally, I feel that we are all so very different.  Being a liberal arts college,  kids with different backgrounds and different personallities come from all over to pursue their studies in a variety of majors.

      In the case of saint anselm college, there are  many students who a re legacies: whose mother, brother, sister, grandfather and second-cousin-once-removed have all gone to saint a’s, so they really don’t have much a choice when deciding which college to go to and have been decked out in “SAC” clothes since they were a child. Then we have the majority of kids whose parents pay for everything, they drive brand new cars into the Baroody parking lot freshman year and bring their clothes down to the cleaners to have someone else wash and fold their clothes rather than use the laundry room in the basement. Finally we have the select few that com to college with every penny they have saved from the two jobs they worked over the summer and continue to work during the school year. These kids pay for everything themselves and will probably be drowning in debt six months after they graduate.

     The overall outer impression of Saint A’s students are that they are all very polite and mesh well together. All that is true, but when it comes to people’s economic situations, separations occur even amongst friends. The more fortunate students do not care if a less fortuante student can’t afford to do something; they just go on and do what they want to go and do and leave the other student on campus. 

It is difficult to describe the Saint A’s campus situation unless you are a student who has experienced it yourself. I ask for other students and/or faculty to follow up on this post and tell whether or not you are aware of this economic diversity on campus and how could it be resolved.


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Dolce and Gabbana "rape ad"

Are we coerced into Gender “roles” by Media and Advertising?

How is masculinity and feminity depicted in the media? Are stereotypes being reinforced which keep us from being ourselves, developing qualities in ourselves that are good for all?

Dolce and Gabbana "rape ad"

Watch excerpt from Killing Us Softly to consider how these stereotypes potentially disrupt and affect our lives.


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Cultural and Economic Diversity at SAC

This section is for discussion of issues of cultural, class, and economic diversity on campus.

Questions to discuss might include:

  • People sometimes say that SAC students are all alike.  Is there enough diversity in culture and class as SAC? Are SAC students all alike: upper middle class New England white?
  • Is it hard to fit in at SAC if you are not a typical student? Are there enough different types of people here? Is it important to have people from more places and cultures here?
  • Is it hard for people of lower economic classes at SAC? Have you encountered insensitivity to or intolerance of your economic class at SAC?
  • Are there enough small communities at SAC to allow students of varying interests and personalities to fit in? What could the college do to make it more welcoming for students who don’t fit the stereotypes?
  • Are cliques and cultural groups a good thing? Is SAC culture dominated by cliques or exclusive groups?  How do you make people more accepting of people unlike them? Is this important?
  • How is your experience at SAC different because of your economic class or the culture you come from? Have you been able to find people who are like you? Or do you think it is important to learn to fit in with people unlike you?

Feel free to respond to this or register for the site and post your own thread in this category.


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Sexual Identity and Preference Diversity at SAC

This section is for discussion of issues relating to Sexual preference and identity.

    Questions to discuss might include:
  • Is SAC tolerant of gay or lesbian or bisexual students? Have you experienced intolerance? Is there a difference between how tolerant students are and how tolerant faculty or administration are?
  • Are attitudes towards gay men, and lesbians, and bisexuals different? if so, why are the treatment of these groups different? Should they be?
  • Are you aware of the new inclusiveness policy for LGBT persons on campus? What do you think of it? Does it go far enough? Does it go too far?
  • How are diversity issues relating to sexual preference different from those relating to race or gender? Should they be?
  • Catholic moral theology  finds homosexuality to be a disordered form of sexual relationship. Can a Catholic community still be welcoming and respectful of homosexuals? Can Homosexuals be comfortable in a community that officially disapproves of their behavior?
  • Is inclusiveness for forms of sexual behavior different or harder than other kinds of inclusiveness? Do we apply the same standards to heterosexual and homosexual behaviors?
  • Is homosexuality a matter of sexual preference or cultural and personal identity? Do LGBT people you know define themselves according to the typical gender roles for their gender? Should they? Does that affect how easily they are accepted? Is intolerance of homosexuality due to the sexual behavior or the violation of typical gender norms?

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Schedule of Events on Sexual Identity Inclusiveness Feb. 14-18

Last semester, we updated you on the work of the Inclusivity and Sexual Orientation Task Force.  In that correspondence we announced that we would have presenters on campus in February.  It is hard to believe that this time is upon us already.  During the week of February 14-18,  Jim Schexnayder, SJ, Resource Director, Catholic Association for Lesbian and Gay Ministry will be on campus.  Fr. Jim regularly presents at national conferences and has provided support, training, and resources to countless colleges and universities, as well as several Catholic parishes and diocese.    While here at Saint Anselm, he will guide us in conversation and lead us in presentations regarding inclusion and the needs of  LGB members of our community.  Our aim is to ensure that  Saint Anselm College is a welcoming community regardless of sexual orientation.

During Fr. Jim’s visit we many things planned.  Throughout his stay, Fr. Jim will be meeting faculty, staff, administrators and students; and with the Core Council for Gay and Lesbian Students and the Inclusivity and Sexual Orientation Task Force. Our hope is to engage a large cross-section of our community in dialogue.

Highlights for Faculty include:

With the Ear of Our Heart” – presentation by Fr. Jim and panel sharing by LGB  members of our community –  Tuesday, February 15th at 4:00 p.m. in the North Lounge

Breakfast sessions w/Faculty:

  • Tuesday, February 15th at 8:30 a.m. (pre-registration required)
  • Wednesday, February 16th at 8:30 a.m. (pre-registration required)

Afternoon tea session w/ Faculty:

  • Wednesday, February 16th at 3:00 p.m. (pre-registration required)

We encourage you to participate in the opportunities listed above.  To pre-register for one of the sessions identified above please reply to this e-mail with your name and contact information, as well as the session you wish to register for.

We look forward to working with all members of the college community as we together progress toward our goal of ensuring all people are respected and feel welcome at Saint Anselm College.

Sincerely,

Maria McKenna                                             Susan Gabert
Associate Professor of Psychology             Director, Campus Ministry
Co-chair, Inclusiveness and                         Co-chair, Inclusiveness and
Sexual Orientation Task Force                    Sexual Orientation Task Force