Next Article in Journal
Shia Marriage Practices: Karbala as lieux de mémoire in London
Next Article in Special Issue
Syrian Women and the Refugee Crisis: Surviving the Conflict, Building Peace, and Taking New Gender Roles
Previous Article in Journal
The Web of Loneliness: A Netnographic Study of Narratives of Being Alone in an Online Context
Previous Article in Special Issue
“How Can You Write About a Person Who Does Not Exist?”: Rethinking Pseudonymity and Informed Consent in Life History Research
Article Menu

Export Article

Open AccessConference Report
Soc. Sci. 2017, 6(3), 102;

Foundational Gender Theory for a Dangerous World: Intersectional Gender Seminar in the Fight against Rape Culture

Brace Center for Gender Studies and English Department, Phillips Academy, 180 Main St., Andover, MA 01810, USA
English Department, Berea College, 101 Chestnut St., Berea, KY 40404, USA
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 21 May 2017 / Revised: 18 August 2017 / Accepted: 24 August 2017 / Published: 1 September 2017
Full-Text   |   PDF [201 KB, uploaded 4 September 2017]


This paper focuses on a team-taught gender studies colloquium in the spring term of 2016 at Phillips Academy at Andover. Having heard the loud and clear message coming down from college campuses and being familiar with their harrowing statistics of gender-based violence and sexual assault, we knew that we must educate high-school students about gender theory, gender-based violence, and sexual-assault prevention as early as possible. The course introduced students to foundational texts in intersectional gender theory and key concepts as they are understood and used in critical interdisciplinary studies of gender. We explored how these concepts are taken up from different perspectives to address specific social problems, particularly rape culture—actions, events, and attitudes that normalize, trivialize, and highlight an overarching pattern of sexual assault, more often than not directed at women—and the implications of these critical approaches for thinking about and acting in the world. View Full-Text
Keywords: rape culture; intersectionality; panopticism rape culture; intersectionality; panopticism
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited (CC BY 4.0).

Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Vidal, F.; Hawthorne, T. Foundational Gender Theory for a Dangerous World: Intersectional Gender Seminar in the Fight against Rape Culture. Soc. Sci. 2017, 6, 102.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Related Articles

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics



[Return to top]
Soc. Sci. EISSN 2076-0760 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top