The politics of gender in ‘the election of the century’ by Ӧzlem Altıok

Dr. Ӧzlem Altıok wrote an article discussing the politics of gender and the stakes for democracy to the Sunday’s critical election in Turkey.

On 14 May, the majority of voters in Turkey will vote against Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) for its economic mismanagement, corruption, human rights violations and catastrophically ineffective response to the 6 February earthquake that left at least 50,000 people dead and more than 100,000 wounded – a consequence of political choices made over two decades of continuous rule.

After 21 years, there is finally a good chance that Erdoğan’s AKP will lose its majority in parliament and will no longer form the government.

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New book by Kelsy Burke is out this week! The Pornography Wars: The Past, Present, and Future of America’s Obscene Obsession

The Pornography Wars: The Past, Present, and Future of America’s Obscene Obsession by Kelsy Burke, SWS member, is out this week! Kelsy purposely wrote it to be accessible to a general audience to deepen our understanding of sexuality, politics, and culture in America and I think it would be a great addition to undergrad classrooms. You can find a teaching guide here.

Here are some of the early reviews:

  • “Burke has the gift of being supremely unruffled about even the most incendiary of subjects . . . The anti-porn and porn-positive camps she’s been chronicling actually care about the same things, she concludes: ‘human rights, sexual consent, and living a fulfilling life.’ Everyone wants to achieve ‘a real and authentic sexuality’ and break away from the ‘fake sex that surrounds us.’” ―Laura Kipnis, The Atlantic
  • “Compelling… No other book has covered American battles over porn quite so extensively… Burke establishes herself as a reliable guide with firsthand knowledge of the allure emanating from countervailing social forces. … I learned a great deal from The Pornography Wars and recommend it to experts and beginners alike.” ―Whitney Strub, Los Angeles Review of Books​
  • “A mature, thoughtful book about a complex and divisive topic. No matter their personal opinions, readers will likely find observations here to inform their thoughts about pornography’s creation and consumption.” ―Library Journal, Starred Review
  • “Compassionate and well-balanced … refreshingly unbiased … an astute and forthright presentation of a hotly contested issue.” ―Publishers Weekly
  • “A great overview… informative… And it has a fresh angle: rather than portray porn performers, producers, and pro-sex feminists as polar opposites of the people crusading against pornography, Burke suggests ‘this dividing line of anti- or pro-porn is a false dichotomy.’” ―Reason

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Love without Bounds: An IntersectionAllies Book about Families, New Children’s book Co-Authored by LaToya Council

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Love without Bounds:
An IntersectionAllies Book about Families

New Children’s book Co-Authored by
LaToya Council, SWS Member

Book Title: Love without Bounds: An IntersectionAllies Book about Families
Authors: Drs. Chelsea Johnson, LaToya Council, and Carolyn Choi
Book Blurb: From CLC Collective, the sisterhood behind the critically acclaimed IntersectionAllies: We Make Room for All, comes a heartwarming celebration of family in all its unique shapes, sizes, and situations, as well as what makes each one so special: LOVE.
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Battle Creek native, author tackles diverse history of legal battles before Brown v. Board, critical race theory

Quote from Battle Creek Enquirer: “Martinez-Cola has written her first book, “The Bricks before Brown,” published by the University of Georgia Press. It focuses on Chinese American, Native American and Mexican Americans’ struggle for educational equality leading up to the seminal 1954 Supreme Court decision, Brown v. the Board of Education, that deemed segregated schools unconstitutional.”

Marisela Martinez-Cola is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Utah State University.  She is an intersectional scholar with a research focus on comparative critical race studies.  Her teaching focus is on race & ethnicity, social movements, and qualitative methods. She has been published in Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, Latino Studies, Understanding and Dismantling Privilege, Law & Society, and Teaching Sociology.  Her forthcoming book, The Bricks Before Brown v. Board of Education, will be published in The University of Georgia’s Race and Ethnicity Series. It is an intersectional, comparative, and interdisciplinary study of Mexican American, Native American, and Chinese American school desegregation cases that came before the famed 1954 case that dismantled the “separate but equal” doctrine. She earned her bachelors at The University of Michigan (African American Studies), her law degree at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, and her doctorate at Emory University.  She has been a member of SWS since 2016 and served as co-chair for Travel Arrangements for the 2017 Winter Meeting in Atlanta, GA. Marisela Martinez-Cola is a Co- Chair of Committee on Discrimination for SWS

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