Ginger and Gender, Queer Cinema and AIDS: GSWS Graduate Students present their research | Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
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Ginger and Gender, Queer Cinema and AIDS: GSWS Graduate Students present their research

October 6, 2016 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Two GSWS Certificate Graduate students will present some of their research in gsws studies:

Laura Stamm (Film St), "The Desire to See and Be Seen: New Queer Cinema’s Response to the AIDS Crisis" 

Gay and lesbian film festivals started showing up in major cities like San Francisco, Seattle, and New York City around the time of the AIDS crisis—a time of death, loss, and totalizing assault on queer selfhood and community. In other words, these film festivals emerged at a time when the queer community more than anything needed to see images of what it looks like to be queer. This paper looks at the intersections of queer artistic production and political consciousness during the AIDS crisis, exploring the ways in which film festival culture provided new ways of seeing and envisioned new ways of being. 

Donica O'Malley (Communication), "'You Just Can't Do the Macho Thing': Discussions of Gender and Sexuality from Ginger Oral Histories"

Over the last decade, men who are “gingers” (or have red hair, light skin, and freckles) have been stereotyped as effeminate, weak, and sexually undesirable, while redheaded women have been subjected to a beautiful/ugly dichotomy. Based on oral history interviews from Portland’s 2016 Redhead Event, I will discuss how people who have been labeled as gingers understand their own gender and sexuality both within and outside of these stereotypes. These oral histories are part of a larger dissertation project that considers how the ginger has been created as “different” through online discourses of gender, science, and whiteness.


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