Fall 2016 | Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
University of Pittsburgh

Fall 2016

GSWS Club Open Mic Night

December 9, 2016 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm

The Pitt GSWS Club is hosting an open mic night Friday December 9 from 5-7pm in 216 Cathedral of Learning! Come enjoy some delicious food, good vibes, and great performances with your favorite group of engaged feminist scholars! Any and all performances are welcome from poetry to music to a brief talk on the totally awesome research project you just finished this semester! At the very least, this will be a nice chance to have some laughs and forget about finals week (at least for a little while)!

GSWS Teaching Faculty Meeting

December 9, 2016 - 10:00am - 11:30am

GSWS Club Meeting

November 18, 2016 - 5:30pm

The GSWS club invites everyone to attend our next general meeting Friday Nov 18 at 5:30pm in room 242 of the cathedral! If you are a GSWS student or are simply intrigued by the topics of GSWS, we invite you to come enjoy tasty snacks, engage in constructive discussions regarding the recent election results, partake in creative activism with the It’s On Us t-shirt campaign, help plan our upcoming newsletter/zine, and kickstart our social media presence on campus! Everyone is welcome (bring your friends!) and leadership positions are available! If you have any questions, feel free to email us at gswsclub@gmail.com.

Annual Iris Marion Young Event and Awards for Community Engagement

November 17, 2016 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm

Sponsored by GSWS, with support from GSPIA.

The event will focus on the theme "Expressing the New Pittsburgh."

 More information on the award can be found here.


Third SC Meeting

November 11, 2016 - 10:00am - 11:30am


Documentary Screening/Discussion: "The Abominable Crime"

November 10, 2016 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
With Maurice Tomlinson

Maurice Tomlinson will host a Q&A/film screening of The Abominable Crime, which will begin at 8pm in Frick Fine Arts Auditorium. The film explores the culture of homophobia in Jamaica through the eyes of gay Jamaicans who are forced to choose between their homeland and their lives after their sexual orientations are exposed. Discussion after the film. 

Lecture: "A case for tolerance: Challenges to anti-gay laws in the Caribbean"

November 10, 2016 - 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Activist Maurice Tomlinson

Sponsored by GSWS, with support from CLAS and the Year of Diversity at Pitt.

As senior policy analyst at the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network Mr. Tomlinson is leading work to challenge homophobia and HIV in the Caribbean.  He is both claimant and counsel in several cases seeking to strike down colonial-era anti-sodomy laws and practices across the region.  For many of these cases they rely on Canadian and American jurisprudence and pro-bono legal support as several Anglophone Caribbean jurisdictions have adopted North American constitutional law and other legal principles.  These cases are being heard by the most senior tribunals in the region, including the Caribbean Court of Justice and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.  In addition to the cases, the Legal Network is also pursuing several initiatives to try and change hearts and minds across the Caribbean.  These include police LGBTI sensitivity training, documentation and capacity building exercises with local groups,  working with progressive faith leaders to amplify their voices, and supporting and championing innovative visibility campaigns such as Prides.  

Mr. Tomlinson will give a talk at 4pm about his activism titled "A case for tolerance: Challenges to anti-gay laws in the Caribbean." He will also host a Q&A/film screening of The Abominable Crime, which will begin at 8pm in Frick Fine Arts Auditorium. The film explores the culture of homophobia in Jamaica through the eyes of gay Jamaicans who are forced to choose between their homeland and their lives after their sexual orientations are exposed.


View the event flyer here.

Lecture: “Must Survivors of Sexual Violence Disclose their Assaults? Title IX, Mandatory Reporting, and the Role of the Confidant”

November 3, 2016 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Prof. Ann J. Cahill, Elon University

Sponsored by GSWS. Cosponsored by the Humanities Center and the Year of Diversity at Pitt.

Abstract of Lecture:

Colloquium with Prof. Cahill on “Miscarriage and Intercorporeality”

November 3, 2016 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

The colloquium will center on Prof. Cahill's published article, available on the GSWS Portal or from gsws@pitt.edu.


In this article I will revisit the question of what I term the continuum of heteronormativesexual interactions, that is, the idea that purportedly ethically acceptable heterosexual interactionsare conceptually, ethically, and politically associated with instances of sexual violence.Spurred by recent work by psychologist Nicola Gavey (2005), I conclude that some of myearlier critiques of Catharine MacKinnon’s theoretical linkages between sexual violence andnormative heterosex are wanting. In addition, neither MacKinnon’s theory nor my critiqueof it seem up to the task of providing an ethical account of the examples of “unjust sex” thatGavey has described. I come to the conclusion that an ethical analysis of sexual interactionsrequires a focus on sexual desire, but that desire cannot take on the by now heavily criticizedrole of consent. Rather than looking for the presence or absence of sexual desire prior to sexualencounters as a kind of ethical certification of them, we ought instead to focus on theefficacy of that sexual desire, that is, its ability (or lack thereof) to shape an encounter insubstantial and meaningful ways.

View the event flyer here.

Lecture for undergrads: "Unjust Sex vs. Rape: A Feminist Analysis of the Heteronormative Sexual Continuum”

November 3, 2016 - 9:30am - 10:45am
Prof. Ann Cahill (Elon Univ)

Sponsored by GSWS and the Year of Diversity.

This talk will address a persistent philosophical conundrum that Dr. Ann J. Cahill, professor of philosophy at Elon University, calls the problem of the “heteronormative sexual continuum”: how sexual assault and hegemonic heterosex are conceptually and politically related. Dr. Cahill will respond to the work of Nicola Gavey, who has argued for the existence of a “gray area” of sexual interactions that are ethically questionable without rising to the category of sexual assault, but whose analysis did not explicitly articulate what these two categories share or what distinguishes them from each other. Dr. Cahill will argue that the two categories share a disregard for women’s sexual subjectivity (focusing particularly on the factor of sexual desire) and are distinguished by the different role that women’s sexual agency plays in each. 

View the event flyer here.

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