Gender on Campus: Issues for College Women

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Gender on Campus is the first book to combine solid analyses of the broad range of gender issues for women in college with realistic approaches to heighten awareness and alleviate problems. Written for students, the book first clarifies the concept of feminism and then examines gender dynamics in a variety of settings and contexts-from the classroom to the sports field and from language to social life. Sharon Gmelch probes sexism, racism, and homophobia on campus and surveys the special issues facing diverse women students. The book also addresses issues relating to body image and sexuality. Its final chapters analyze the role gender continues to play after college-in the media, workplace, and politics.

After a thorough discussion of a topic, each chapter concludes with possibilities for action ("What You Can Do") as well as a selected bibliography of books, videos, and organizations that students can consult. Gender on Campus is an invaluable resource for students, parents, and administrators, as well as an excellent text for women's studies courses.

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SHARON BOHN GMELCH is a cultural anthropologist and the director of the women's studies program at Union College. She is the author of four books, including Nan: The Life of an Irish Travelling Woman and, most recently, The Parish Behind God's Back: The Changing Culture of Rural Barbados.

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Where adolescents and young adults are looking for a solid, wide-ranging introduction to gender issues, Gmelch's survey may be a useful acquisition. Although its focus is the college campus, cultural anthropologist Gmelch, head of the women's studies program at Union College, takes a straightforward, practical approach that may be helpful in other contexts as well. Gmelch incorporates discussions of race, class, disability, sexual identity, body image, violence, and substance abuse in brief but focused chapters on gender issues; and she includes material on language and gender, opportunities for women in sports, and treatment of women in the media, the workplace in general, and politics. Each chapter closes with bullet-pointed "Did You Know?" and "What You Can Do" lists and annotated comments on videos and organizations; most include one or two apropos cartoons (sources include Nicole Hollander, Garry Trudeau, and the New Yorker). Mary Carroll

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