The Feminist Academic

Changing the Conversation

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Episode #1: Dr. Thekla Morgenroth

You can find Dr. Thekla Morgenroth on twitter @themorgenroth.

Content warning:

Trans exclusionary radical feminism.


Main paper:

Morgenroth, T., & Ryan, M. K. (2020). The effects of gender trouble: An integrative theoretical framework for the perpetuation and disruption of the gender/sex binary. Perspectives on Psychological Science. Published online first.

Papers mentioned:

  1. van der Toorn, J., Pliskin, R., & Morgenroth, T. (2020). Not quite over the rainbow: The unrelenting and insidious nature of heteronormative ideology. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, 34, 160-165.

  2. Fahs, B. (2011). Breaking body hair boundaries: Classroom exercises for challenging social constructions of the body and sexuality. Feminism & Psychology, 22, 482-506.

Books mentioned:

"Gender Trouble" - Judith Butler

“Women, Sex, and Madness" - Breanne Fahs

Those quotes you're looking for:

"The gender binary is evil, and we need to destroy it. That's my sentence."

"Do drag, destroy the gender binary, and you will be happy. "

Andy outtakes:


"On the Verge" - Joseph McDade

Episode #2: Dr. Danielle SLaKOFF

You can find Dr. Danielle Skaloff on twitter @DSlakoffPhD.

Content warning:

Discussion of sexual violence (domestic violence, intimate partner violence – including murder), parent loss


Main paper:

Slakoff, D. C., & Fradella, H. F. (2019). Media messages surrounding missing White women and girls: The “Missing White Woman Syndrome” and other factors that influence newsworthiness. Criminology, Criminal Justice, Law, and Society, 80-102.

Papers mentioned:

1) Slakoff, D. C. (2019). The representation of women and girls of color in United States crime news. Sociology Compass, 14(1), 1-13.

2) Kulig, T. C., & Cullen, F. T. (2017). Where is Latisha’s Law? Black invisibility in the social construction of victimhood. Justice Quarterly 34(6), 1-36.

Books mentioned:

“Air and Light and Time and Space” – Helen Sword



Victims mentioned:

Lisa Irwin

Caylee Anthony

Shannan Wats

Kristin Smart

Susan Cox Powell

Shannan Gilbert

Jacob Wetterling


Podcast recommendations:

In the Dark


Your Own Backyard


Beyond Fear Podcast



Bear Brook Podcast



"On the Verge" - Joseph McDade

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Episode #3: Dr. Jennifer Rubin

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You can find Dr. Jennifer Rubin on Twitter at @jenn_rubin.


Content warning:

Discussion of online sexual harassment.

Main paper:

Rubin, J., Blackwell, L., & Conley, T. D. (2020, April). Fragile masculinity: Men, gender, and online harassment. Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 1-14.


Key terms:

Doxing – revealing another person’s personal information, such as their address or phone number

Dog-piling – using a number of different strategies to harass another person online

GamerGate – a 2014 coordinated harassment campaign targeted toward women in the gaming industry, particularly Zoe Quinn, Brianna Wu, and Anita Sarkeesian;

Papers and books discussed:

  1. Mahalik, J. R., Locke, B. D., Ludlow, L. H., Diemer, M. A., Scott, R. P. J., Gottfried, M., & Freitas, G. (2003). Development of the Conformity to Masculine Norms Inventory. (1), 3-25. 10.1037/1524-9220.4.1.3

  2. Pleck, J. H. (1995). The gender role strain paradigm: An update. In R. F. Levant & W. S. Pollack (Eds.), A new psychology of men (p. 11–32). Basic Books.

  3. Vandello, J. A., Bosson, J. K., Cohen, D., Burnaford, R. M., & Weaver, J. R. (2008). Precarious manhood. (6), 1325-1339.


"On the Verge" - Joseph McDade