Feminist Professor

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On "Asking for It"


By Lauren Hoffman


Dear friends,

There are many stories I could tell you. Stories about hard things that happened to me or people that I know or people that I love. The older you get, the more you’ll realize that most of the women you know have stories like this to tell. This is both a…

Welcome! What Are We Doing Here?


In the summer of 2014, in a secret online writing group where we mostly yell about waffles and menses, someone posed this question:

My daughter’s friend was sexually harassed by some boys at school and feels like it’s her fault. She’s 12. Her parents are conservative evangelicals, and there’s…

You Don't Have to Talk About It


By Ijeoma Oluo


Hey, little sister or brother. If something has happened to you. If someone has hurt you, or is hurting you. If someone is making you uncomfortable every day, if someone is doing something to your body—I hope you have someone to talk to. Somebody you trust. Maybe somebody who…

Fabulous post. Thank you so much for writing this.


This is what happens when a faculty member keeps one of Dona’s Granny’s Lap Blankets in her office during her office hours. Sam (top) and Simone used it to make the approach of exams a little less daunting.

Here is what Christine, their instructor, had to say: “Just last week I noticed a real change in the number of students who visited me during office hours. Yes, we did have our first exam, but I really feel it was the draw of granny’s lap blanket that kept my students visiting.  And since my office was very cold, I hung granny’s lap blanket over the arm of the chair that my students normally sit in when they visit, and many of them took the blanket and placed it on their laps so as to avoid catching a chill.  The sight of them, warm and cozy under granny’s lap blanket as they asked me questions about Italian grammar and culture, really warmed my heart.  Please thank your granny for making my office a cozier, more welcoming place for my students.”  

Love this tumblr!


How many offices at Emory can we get to contribute to The Lap Blankets of Emory?

Is the residential model of education on its way out?

I am a professor, teaching at a university in the USA with a great residential undergraduate college.

I would love to hear from all of you out there who are either in college or going to be going at some point in the future: I am interested to hear from teens in particular.

I wonder whether changing forms of sociability won’t also change how we all interact with one another in educational sphere too?

Do you think the world of online education, and students’ familiarity now with texting, social media of all sorts, making friends virtually etc etc will change whether young people want to go to university or college to sit in classrooms with peers and hang out in dorms etc.?

And yet, college at least in the USA, is one of the most diverse settings that people ever experience (except perhaps for the military). Isn’t it a good thing to be in classes with people who grew up in different parts of the country, in different communities, classes, etc.?

Is there something special about sharing late night discussions, or parties etc together in real time in person? Or is this something that is going to go out of date with all the new forms of virtual social media?  I am really interested in this.

I know that in part the residential college experience is one already defined by wealth, and prior access to good education. But I think this issue of how students are going to want to study will come to affect those elite institutions also.

I would love to hear from people.