Feminine Intensities: Soap Opera Viewing as a Technology of Gender

July 25, 1998

[1] I really like to watch soap operas. As a self-respecting feminist academic, I realize I am supposed to be ashamed to say so, but for reasons I hope this essay will make clear, I am saying so at once. I am not using "soap opera," as do many scholars,...

Afghanistan’s Forgotten Women: News and commentary.

July 5, 1998

Updated 1/4/1999 [2] The 1 1/2 million Hazaras, Shi’ites in a Sunni country, Mongols among Indo-European tribes like the Pushtuns who make up 99% of Taleban’s core membership, were the last bastion of women’s rights in the country. Among the Hazaras you found women officials, teachers, doctors, medics, even soldiers;...

Picturizing Race: Hollywood’s Censorship of Miscegenation and Production of Racial Visibility through Imitation of Life

May 1, 1998

"A Case Very Near the Borderline" (1) Hollywood's Production Code explicitly banned "miscegenation" from the American screen for nearly thirty years. 1 The files of the Production Code Administration (PCA) which document the interpretation of that ban, however, demonstrate the PCA censors' utter confusion as to the meaning of the...