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Women’s & Gender Studies Salons

WGS salons foster community between faculty, staff , students, and community members by initiating conversations that relate to academic work, community action, and personal lives. Last semester, WGS major Kaitlin Clinnin presented her honors work on Cyberfeminism. Her research explored whether there is room in cyberspace to create a feminist utopia, or a virtual “room of one’s own,” opening dialogue about the use of avatars in diff erent cyber arenas, particularly Second Life. Participants exchanged questions and concerns about virtual interactions, such as violence and bullying, as well as collaboration and coalition building. This

year, our series of salons began with a discussion on the challenges involved in negotiating the terms and ethics of transnational feminisms, facilitated by Dr. Alexandra Schultheis. The second fall salon was a post-production discussion of The Waiting Room, led by Dr. Christine Woodworth. This salon refl ected upon western cultural construction of beauty. If you have ideas or would like to be involved in future salons, contact the WGS offi ce at (336) 334-5673 or by email to

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Love Your Body Week October 19-22, 2010

A local instance of a national event, Love Your Body Week includes celebratory and educational activities concerning the body, gender and sexuality, and health and wellbeing.

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tables sponsored by WGS and Student Health Services; bellydance demonstrations by Torque, a local professional tribal fusion troupe (htt p://www.torquebelllydance. com); and symbolic burials of personal body image concerns, sponsored by Student Health Services. WGS faculty member Beth Walker presented Absolutely Safe, a documentary fi lm by Carol Ciancutt i-Leyva, that entwines stories of everyday women with interviews with doctors and public offi cials regarding implant safety. Walker led a post- fi lm discussion. Love Your Body Week coincided with the opening of the Theatre Department’s production of The Waiting Room, a play about women’s body modifi cation in diff erent eras. For those inspired to try bellydancing, some Torque dancers also teach at Twisted Dance Studio.

Britt ney Anderson grew up in Laurens, SC. She att ended University of South Carolina- Columbia, and received a bachelor’s in English with a minor in Public Relations. She hopes to use WGS to become a social progressive, and ultimately change restrictive social gender roles and

stereotypes. Britt ney is a Graduate Assistant in the WGS Offi ce.

Randi Pace was born in Raleigh, NC but grew up in Washington state. Graduating from UNCG in 2005 with a BS in Deaf Education with a concentration in Sign Language interpreting, she was an interpreter for four years until she returned to UNCG to get a second degree in WGS. Introduced to some

of bell hooks’ writings by a friend, she decided that she wanted to get a MA in WGS as well. She enjoys sewing, anything crafty, painting, playing with her dogs and hanging out with friends and family.

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