Four-Minute Lecture: Professor Sarah Murnen

Welcome to Four-Minute Lectures.  All semester, we will be bringing in professors you know and love to deliver Four-Minute micro-lectures for the betterment of our minds.  They will encompass a wide variety of topics and departments.

murnenThis week’s Four-Minute Lecture is with Samuel B. Cummings Jr. Professor of Psychology Sarah Murnen. Murnen is a social psychologist who studies gender-related issues from a feminist, socio-cultural perspective. Specifically, Murnen examines how the status difference between women and men in American society might be developed and maintained through various gender-related behaviors.

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Deb Ball is for Faggots

The author prepares for Deb Ball 2010 (photo by Hanna Washburn ’14)

Two weekends ago, a few hours before Deb Ball, some boys yelled “faggot” at me. They were standing right across the lawn from my New Apt. I could see them from my doorway.

Earlier that day, a few leaves had blown through my front door. No one had vacuumed in the pre-Deb Ball chaos and so they remained, clinging to the carpet of my ground floor apartment. The leaves brushed up against my roommate’s exposed ankles when he emerged from the bathroom, wearing men’s knit socks and a breezy floral dress. My girlfriend and I quipped and cooed at him in his dress because sometimes, gender play is allowed to be silly. Deb Ball is fun.

As my roommate bemoaned his outfit’s lack of pockets, I rolled my eyes and pulled on my jacket. My girlfriend and I walked outside and joined hands. We headed off to a pregame in another New Apt. Ahead of us were six boys talking outside of B Block. They were wearing sweatshirts, baseball hats, jeans, and sneakers. None of them were dressed in drag. They looked like bros, which is a word I hate to use (see this post for my reasoning), but I’m not quite sure how else to describe them. They stood in a tight group, hands either gripping beers or jammed into pockets, and as we approached them they looked in our direction.

“Yo, Meg,” they shouted. I ignored them.

“Yo, Meg!” they insisted. They were loud. They seemed drunk. I didn’t make eye contact with them as we got closer.

“Deb Ball’s the night that everyone’s inner faggot comes out,” one called out.

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Dean Delahunty Discusses Gender Roles on CBS Sunday Morning

Delahunty during her CBS interview.

To those of you who weren’t awake around 9:00 a.m. yesterday and watching CBS News (so, all of you), you missed out. CBS Sunday Morning aired a story on gender roles (shout out to Crozier) and how that affects college admissions and performance, and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Jennifer Delahunty was heavily featured.

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My Boyfriend is a Vegan

Photo by thebittenword.com via Wikimedia Commons

Just kidding, I don’t have a boyfriend. But, if I did have one he could totally be a vegan! Any person of any gender can choose to abstain from consuming animal products. Our friends at AVI seem to disagree, however. Have you noticed that vegetarian options in Peirce are often named feminized versions of the meat options? Mhm, I’m talking about you, Ms. Tofu “Sloppy Jane.” More on the gendering of food after the jump.

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