The Women's Studies Dropout

A blog where feminist friends continue their class discussions


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A Feminist Hearth

As a 21st century, American, urban dweller, I've always had a romantic notion of the home fireplace.  I didn't have one growing up, but the concept always conjured images of cozy,  contented evenings basking in the warm glow of blissful... Continue Reading →


I’m a Housewife

Hi, I'm MT. Nice to meet you.  How do you know the bride and groom? ... Oh, wonderful!  I went to college with the groom. ... What do I do? I'm a housewife. You look confused and uncomfortable. . .... Continue Reading →

Opinion: Inspired by “Talking About Bias & Speaking While Female”

I want to thank TwoEsforMee for her recent post: “Talking About Bias; Speaking While Female.”  It made me think harder about many things we have discussed here on the blog and I want to offer a longer comment before all... Continue Reading →

Women & Energy: An Important but Underappreciated Dynamic

Last week, as I read through a scholarly article about social science-based energy research, I was surprised to see “Gender and Identity” in the list of promising though underdeveloped research areas.  I shouldn’t have been surprised.  While under-appreciated, gender interacts... Continue Reading →

More Work for Mother: Part 4

I thought I would use this final post in the More Work for Mother series to explore our current circumstances.  For those who missed Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3, this series of posts is based on Ruth Schwartz... Continue Reading →

More Work for Mother: Part 3

In Part 3 of our More Work for Mother series we’ll consider alternative approaches for housework.  As with Part 1 and Part 2, this post is based on Ruth Schwartz Cowan’s book More Work For Mother: The Ironies of Household... Continue Reading →

More Work for Mother: Part 2

Welcome to the second installment in our 4-part blog series on Ruth Schwartz Cowan’s seminal book More Work For Mother: The Ironies of Household Technology from the Open Hearth to the Microwave.  Today we will discuss how modern utilities and... Continue Reading →

More Work for Mother: Part 1

As a PhD student interested in technology and its role in society, professors are always suggesting interesting reading material.  Of course, I never read most of it, but this blog gave me a good excuse to finally read Ruth Schwartz... Continue Reading →

Poop Trenches

I drove home from work for a while worrying about what I would write about for my first post on this blog. Then one day, I drove home knowing exactly what I was going to write about. I sat in... Continue Reading →

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