Women’s Press
Canada’s leading academic feminist publisher
Canada’s leading academic feminist publisher
761 pages
8 x 10 inches
May 2018
Print ISBN: 9780889615915
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Gender and Women’s Studies provides an essential introduction to key issues, approaches, and concerns of the field. This comprehensive anthology celebrates a diversity of influential feminist thought on a broad range of topics using analyses sensitive to the intersections of gender, race, class, ability, age, and sexuality. Drawing on contemporary and classic pieces, the carefully selected and edited readings centre Indigenous, racialized, disabled, and queer voices. With over sixty percent new content, this thoroughly updated second edition contains infographics and original activist artwork; a new section on gender, migration, and citizenship; and new chapters on sex work as labour, the politics of veiling, trans and queer identities, Indigenous sovereignty, decolonization, masculinity, online activism, and contemporary social justice movements including Black Lives Matter and Idle No More. Concerned with the past, present, and future of gender identity, gendered representations, feminism, and activism, this book is an indispensable resource for students in gender and women’s studies classrooms across Canada and the United States.


  • sixty percent new content featuring diverse authors and issues
  • multiple genres and styles to engage students: scholarly articles, interviews, fact sheets, reports, blog posts, poetry, artwork, and personal narratives
  • includes Canadian, North American, Indigenous, and global content

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Table of Contents


Introduction: Mapping the Terrain of Gender and Women’s Studies


Part 1A: This Is What a Feminist Looks Like
CHAPTER 1: Excerpts from Feminism Is for Everybody, bell hooks
CHAPTER 2: What’s Feminism Done (For Me) Lately? Victoria L. Bromley
SNAPSHOTS AND SOUNDWAVES 1: Bad Feminist Manifesto, Roxane Gay
CHAPTER 3: Anishinaabe-kwe and/or Indigenous Feminist? Wanda Nanibush
SNAPSHOTS AND SOUNDWAVES 2: 15 Indigenous Feminists to Know, Read, and Listen To, Abaki Beck
SNAPSHOTS AND SOUNDWAVES 3: Activist Insight: Alice Walker (1944–)
CHAPTER 4: The Historical Case for Feminism, Estelle Freedman
CHAPTER 5: This Is What a Feminist Looks Like, Shira Tarrant

Part 1B: Diversity and Intersectionality
CHAPTER 6: Why Intersectionality Can’t Wait, Kimberlé Crenshaw
SNAPSHOTS AND SOUNDWAVES 4: The Dangers of a Single Story, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
CHAPTER 7: The Myth of Shared Womanhood and How It Perpetuates Inequality, Mia McKenzie
CHAPTER 8: Intersectional Feminist Frameworks: A Primer, Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW)
SNAPSHOTS AND SOUNDWAVES 5: Conceptualizing Intersectionality
SNAPSHOTS AND SOUNDWAVES 6: Activist Insight: Sojourner Truth (1797–1883)
CHAPTER 9: Reformulating the Feminist Perspective: Giving Voice to Women with Disabilities, Neita Kay Israelite and Karen Swartz

Part 1C: Accounting for Inequalities
CHAPTER 10: The Question of Gender, Raewyn Connell and Rebecca Pearse
SNAPSHOTS AND SOUNDWAVES 7: Because it’s 2016! Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA
CHAPTER 11: Conceptual Guide to the Unpaid Work Module, Marion Werner, Leah F. Vosko, Angie Deveau, Giordana Pimentel, and Deatra Walsh
SNAPSHOTS AND SOUNDWAVES 8: Unpaid Work: A Global View


Part 2A: The Construction of Sexed Bodies
CHAPTER 12: Introduction to Beyond the Natural Body, Nelly Oudshoorn
ACTIVIST ART 1: Assigned Male, Sophie Labelle
CHAPTER 13: How the Practice of Sex-Testing Targets Female Olympic Athletes, Kate Allen
CHAPTER 14: Contesting Intersex, Georgiann Davis
SNAPSHOTS AND SOUNDWAVES 9: Defining Genitals: Who Will Make Room for the Intersexed?
CHAPTER 15: Dueling Dualisms, Anne Fausto-Sterling

Part 2B: The Making of “Difference” and Inequalities
CHAPTER 16: Women’s Brains, Stephen Gould
CHAPTER 17: Freaks and Queers, Eli Clare
SNAPSHOTS AND SOUNDWAVES 10: Imagining Disability Futures, Alison Kafer
ACTIVIST ART 2: Alison Lapper Pregnant, Marc Quinn
CHAPTER 18: Do Muslim Women Really Need Saving? Lila Abu-Lughod
ACTIVIST ART 3: Technicolor Muslimah, Saba Taj

Part 2C: Gender Construction and Performativity
CHAPTER 19: X: A Fabulous Child’s Story, Lois Gould
SNAPSHOTS AND SOUNDWAVES 12: Understanding Masculinities: The Work of Raewyn Connell
SNAPSHOTS AND SOUNDWAVES 13: It’s the Masculinity, Stupid! Jackson Katz and Jeremy Earp
CHAPTER 20: Gender in Personal Life, Raewyn Connell and Rebecca Pearse
SNAPSHOTS AND SOUNDWAVES 14: Transfeminist Terms and Concepts, A. Finn Enke
CHAPTER 21: Between the Village and the Village People: Negotiating Community, Ethnicity, and Safety in Gender Fluid Parenting, May Friedman
SNAPSHOTS AND SOUNDWAVES 15: Men and Feminism, The White Ribbon Campaign
CHAPTER 22: Troubling Genders, Subverting Identities: An Interview with Judith Butler, Vasu Reddy and Judith Butler

Part 2D: The Construction of Sexuality
CHAPTER 23: Becoming 100 Percent Straight, Michael A. Messner
SNAPSHOTS AND SOUNDWAVES 16: The Heterosexual Questionnaire, Martin Rochlin
CHAPTER 24: The Ethics of Genetic Research on Sexual Orientation, Udo Schüklenk, Edward Stein, Jacinta Kerin, and William Byne
SNAPSHOTS AND SOUNDWAVES 17: Homophobia, Heterosexism and Heteronomativity
SNAPSHOTS AND SOUNDWAVES 18: The “Fruit Machine,” Sherry Aske and Trevor Pritchard
CHAPTER 25: Loving Women in the Modern World, Leila J. Rupp
CHAPTER 26: Embodying Self-Determination: Beyond the Gender Binary, Sarah Hunt
CHAPTER 27: “Stand Up” for Exclusion? Queer Pride, Ableism and Inequality, Danielle Peers and Lindsay Eales


Part 3A: Thinking about Difference and Identity
CHAPTER 28: Stereotyping as a Signifying Practice, Stuart Hall
CHAPTER 29: Undoing the “Package Picture” of Cultures, Uma Narayan
ACTIVIST ART 4: Miss Canadiana, Camille Turner
SNAPSHOTS AND SOUNDWAVES 19: How to Know if You Are White, Mia McKenzie
CHAPTER 30: Women’s Experience of Racism: How Race and Gender Interact, Marika Morris, Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW)
CHAPTER 31: The Hall of Shame: Lies, Masks, and Respectful Femininity, Amita Handa
SNAPSHOTS AND SOUNDWAVES 20: Activist Insight: Franchesca Ramsey on Microaggressions and Being an Ally

Part 3B: Histories and Legacies of Colonialism and Imperialism
CHAPTER 32: The Secret of Slavery in Canada, Afua Cooper
ACTIVIST ART 5: You Are My Sunshine, Wangechi Mutu
CHAPTER 33: Black Women Rage, Wendy (Motion) Brathwaite
CHAPTER 34: The Construction of a Negative Identity, Kim Anderson
SNAPSHOTS AND SOUNDWAVES 21: Colonization and the Indian Act
ACTIVIST ART 6: Indian Act, Nadia Myre
CHAPTER 35: Regulating Native Identity by Gender, Bonita Lawrence
SNAPSHOTS AND SOUNDWAVES 22: Colonization and Residential Schools
ACTIVIST ART 7: Anishinaabe-kwe’s Resilience, Shirley Ida Williams nee Pheasant

Part 3C: Indigenous Women: Resistance and Resurgence
CHAPTER 36: Nishnaabeg Resurgence: Stories from Within, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson
CHAPTER 37: The Braiding Histories Stories, Susan D. Dion and Michael R. Dion
CHAPTER 38: The Cattle Thief (1894),E. Pauline Johnson
CHAPTER 39: I Am Not Your Princess (1988), Chrystos
CHAPTER 40: “You Can’t Change the Indian Act?” Shirley Bear with the Tobique Women’s Group
CHAPTER 41: The Eagle Has Landed: Native Women, Leadership, and Community Development, Sylvia Maracle


Part 4A: Cultural Representations and the Creation of Desire
SNAPSHOTS AND SOUNDWAVES 23: Gender Play: Marketing to Girls, Sharon Lamb, Lyn Mikel Brown, and Peggy Orenstein
SNAPSHOTS AND SOUNDWAVES 24: Ways of Seeing, John Berger
SNAPSHOTS AND SOUNDWAVES 25: “Eating the Other”: Desire and Resistance, bell hooks
CHAPTER 42: Postfeminist Media Culture: Elements of a Sensibility, Rosalind Gill
SNAPSHOTS AND SOUNDWAVES 26: Disney’s Version of Girlhood, Sharon Lamb and Lyn Mikel Brown
CHAPTER 43: The Trouble with White Feminism: Whiteness, Digital Feminism, and the Intersectional Internet, Jessie Daniels
SNAPSHOTS AND SOUNDWAVES 27: Activist Insight: Suey Park #NotYourAsianSidekick

Part 4B: Regulating Bodies and Desires
SNAPSHOTS AND SOUNDWAVES 28: If Men Could Menstruate: A Political Fantasy, Gloria Steinem
CHAPTER 44: Why Is America So Obsessed with Virginity? Anastasia Kousakis and Jessica Valenti
ACTIVIST ART 8: CLITERACY, 100 Natural Laws and Άδάμας (unconquerable), Sophia Wallace
CHAPTER 45: The Facilities, Ivan Coyote
SNAPSHOTS AND SOUNDWAVES 29: The New Sex Ed, Forward Together

Part 4C: Beauty Projects: Conformity and Resistance
CHAPTER 46: Through the Mirror of Beauty Culture, Carla Rice
SNAPSHOTS AND SOUNDWAVES 30: Activist Insight: Intersectional Body Activism
CHAPTER 47: Body Beautiful/Body Perfect: Where Do Women with Disabilities Fit In? Francine Odette

Part 4D: Politics of Health: From Medicalization to Health Care Reform
CHAPTER 48: The Women’s Health Movement in Canada: Looking Back and Moving Forward, Madeline Boscoe, Gwynne Basen, Ghislaine Alleyne, Barbara Bourrier-Lacroic, and Susan White of the Canadian Women’s Health Network
SNAPSHOTS AND SOUNDWAVES 31: Activist Insight: Our Bodies Ourselves
CHAPTER 49: Women, Disability, and the Right to Health, Paula C. Pinto SNAPSHOTS AND SOUNDWAVES 32: Understanding the Social Determinants of Health
SNAPSHOTS AND SOUNDWAVES 33: How Sexism and Racism Determine Health
CHAPTER 50: First Peoples, Second Class Treatment, Billie Allan and Janet Smylie CHAPTER 51: HIV/AIDS, Globalization, and the International Women’s Movement, Sisonke Msimang

Part 4E: Reproductive Rights and Justice
CHAPTER 52: The Women Are Coming: The Abortion Caravan, Judy Rebick
CHAPTER 53: The Coercive Sterilization of Aboriginal Women in Canada, Karen Stote
CHAPTER 54: Debating Feminist Futures: Slippery Slopes, Cultural Anxiety, and the Case of the Deaf Lesbians, Alison Kafer
CHAPTER 55: A Primer on Reproductive Justice and Social Change, Loretta Ross, Rickie Solinger, and the Population and Development Program at Hampshire College
SNAPSHOTS AND SOUNDWAVES 34: Reproductive Rights around the World

Part 4F: Gender Violence
CHAPTER 56: Toronto and the Runaway Wives, Margo Goodhand
CHAPTER 57: The Ultimate Rape Victim, Jane Doe
SNAPSHOTS AND SOUNDWAVES 35: Activist Insight: 10 Things Men Can Do to Prevent Gender Violence, Jackson Katz
CHAPTER 58: Digital Defense: Black Feminists Resist Violence with Hashtag Activism, Sherri Williams
CHAPTER 59: More Than a Poster Campaign: Redefining Colonial Violence, Sarah Hunt
SNAPSHOTS AND SOUNDWAVES 36: Murders and Disappearances of Aboriginal Women and Girls, Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA)
ACTIVIST ART 9: Walking With Our Sisters
SNAPSHOTS AND SOUNDWAVES 37: Every Class in Every School, Catherine Taylor and Tracey Peter


Part 5A: Gender and Global Restructuring
SNAPSHOTS AND SOUNDWAVES 38: What Is Neo-Liberal Globalization? Alison Jaggar
SNAPSHOTS AND SOUNDWAVES 39: The IMF: Violating Women since 1945, Christine Ahn and Kavita Ramdas
CHAPTER 60: The Gendered Politics and Violence of Structural Adjustment: A View from Jamaica, Faye V. Harrison
CHAPTER 61: Women’s Labor is Never Cheap: Gendering Global Blue Jeans and Bankers, Cynthia Enloe
CHAPTER 62: Women behind the Labels: Worker Testimonies from Central America, STITCH and the Maquila Solidarity Network
CHAPTER 63: Trump and National Neoliberalism, Sasha Breger Bush

Part 5B: Gender, Migration, and Citizenship
CHAPTER 64: Undoing Border Imperialism, Harsha Walia and Jo-Anne Lee
CHAPTER 65: Immigrant Women in Canada and the United States, Leslie Nichols and Vappu Tyyskä
CHAPTER 66: The Door of No Return, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
CHAPTER 67: Seeking Refuge from Homophobic and Transphobic Persecution, Sharalyn Jordan and Christine Morrissey

Part 5C: On (Not) Getting by in North America
CHAPTER 68: Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America, Barbara Ehrenreich
CHAPTER 69: When Sex Works: Labour Solidarity for Sex Workers Has Come a Long Way, But More Can Be Done, Jenn Clamen and Kara Gillies
CHAPTER 70: We Speak for Ourselves: Anti-Colonial and Self-Determined Responses to Young People Involved in the Sex Trade, JJ and Ivo
CHAPTER 71: Factsheet: Women and Restructuring in Canada, Deborah Stienstra
CHAPTER 72: The Leaner, Meaner Welfare Machine: The Ontario Conservative Government’s Ideological and Material Attack on Single Mothers, Margaret Hillyard Little
SNAPSHOTS AND SOUNDWAVES 41: Ontario Social Assistance Doesn’t Meet Basic Human Needs, Elaine Power
SNAPSHOTS AND SOUNDWAVES 42: Homelessness in Canada
CHAPTER 73: Fast Facts: Four Things to Know about Women and Homelessness in Canada, Sadie McInnes
CHAPTER 74: The Little Voices of Nunavut: A Study of Women’s Homelessness North of 60, Qulliit Nunavut Status of Women Council


Part 6A: Feminist and Social Justice Movements in North America
SNAPSHOTS AND SOUNDWAVES 43: Activist Insight: The Idle No More Manifesto, Jessica Gordon and the Founders of Idle No More
CHAPTER 75: Idle No More: Indigenous Activism and Feminism, Sonja John
CHAPTER 76: How a Black Lives Matter Toronto Co-Founder Sees Canada, Zane Schwartz and Janaya Khan
SNAPSHOTS AND SOUNDWAVES 44: 9 Ways We Can Make Social Justice Movements Less Elitist and More Accessible, Kai Cheng Thom
SNAPSHOTS AND SOUNDWAVES 45: A Sense of Place: Expressions of Trans Activism North of Lake Nipissing, Grey Kimber Piitaapan Muldoon, with Dan Irving
CHAPTER 77: The Future of Feminism, Judy Rebick
SNAPSHOTS AND SOUNDWAVES 46: Activist Insight: This Country’s History Cannot Be Deleted, Angela Y. Davis

Part 6B: Transnational Feminisms: Challenges and Possibilities
CHAPTER 78: Transnational Feminism, Corrine L. Mason
CHAPTER 79: Defying, Producing, and Overlooking Stereotypes? The Complexities of Mobilizing “Grandmotherhood” as Political Strategy, May Chazan and Stephanie Kittmer
CHAPTER 80: How Young Feminists Are Tackling Climate Justice in 2016, Maria Alejandra Rodriguez Acha
ACTIVIST ART 10: Puna Kuakea, Joy Enomoto
CHAPTER 81: Feminisms and the Social Media Sphere, Mehreen Kasana
SNAPSHOTS AND SOUNDWAVES 47: Feminism without Borders

Margaret Hobbs

Margaret Hobbs is an Associate Professor Emeritus and former Chair of Gender and Women's Studies at Trent University.

Gender and Women's Studies in Canada, Gender and Women's Studies, Second Edition

Carla Rice

Carla Rice is a Full Professor, Canada Research Chair, and Founding Director of the Re•Vision Centre for Art and Social Justice at the University of Guelph.

Gender and Women's Studies in Canada, Gender and Women's Studies, Second Edition


“This volume benefits students and instructors alike. The range of topics provides an excellent foundation for students to become quickly involved in the major themes and debates within the field of women’s and gender studies. Working from both a Canadian and an international perspective encourages students to think about not just Canadian women’s and gender issues but also global issues. Attention to race, class, and sexuality is well done and is truly intersectional.”

—Dr. Jennifer Janke, Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies, Brock University

“This is an excellent text that grounds students in the field of gender and women’s studies by offering a wealth of diverse readings. Its attention to histories of colonialism, to the lives of Indigenous women, and to feminism makes it a first-rate companion to an introductory course that attends to the particularities of gender, race, and sexuality.”

—Dr. Ilya Parkins, Gender and Women’s Studies, University of British Columbia

Instructor Resources

Gender and Women's Studies: Critical Terrain, 2e The Teacher’s Guide follows the order set out in the table of contents of the textbook. Each topic is introduced with learning suggestions under these headings:

  • Learning/Unlearning: Provides questions to promote students’ understanding of the material and self-reflection and to guide classroom conversations in ways that are open to difference and promote compassionate but critical dialogues.
  • Envisioning Change: Provides questions and in-class activity suggestions to encourage students to apply what they have learned and unlearned. Through reflection and action items, we hope to inspire students about the possibilities for contributing to feminist change, individually and collectively, in their own lives and the broader social world.
  • Additional Resources: Includes recommended additional resources for students and instructors, including news articles, activist websites, online blogs, videos, and films. Instructors might find these useful as they plan for their classes. The additional resources do not generally include references for further academic/scholarly articles and books; rather, the focus is on more popular and accessible written and visual material. Note that there are many sites where ideas for film resources are available, including Films for the Feminist Classroom, “an online, open-access journal [that] publishes film reviews that provide a critical assessment of the value of films as pedagogical tools in the feminist classroom” (see http://ffc.twu.edu/ffc_home.html).

Instructors are encouraged to take what they need from the Guide and use the resources in ways that fit with their own orientations to teaching and learning, making changes accordingly. In writing this Guide, our intention is not to prescribe a fixed way of entering into the material. We recognize that each instructor will create their own roadmap through the “critical terrain” of gender and women’s studies.

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