Communications, Culture & Society

Sexism still permeates culture through the pervasiveness of gender stereotypes as well as misogynistic, negative and violent imagery in mass media. Perceptions of identity and gender roles are influenced, reflected and reinforced through myths, narratives and stories. Cultural cues about appropriate gender roles can have a negative and harmful impact by, for example, defining strength and rationalism as ”masculine” and submissiveness and emotionalism as ”feminine.” NCRW and its members are promoting awareness through research and critical analysis that uncover the tensions and assumptions involved in identity and gender roles.

Re:Gender Resources

  • Robin Ely: Drilling in the Gulf - Risk, Safety, and the Culture of Masculinity
    Presentation: Drilling in the Gulf:  Risk, Safety, and the Culture of MasculinityRobin J. Ely...

  • Salander/Blomqvist: Challenging Stereotypes
    The Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art of the Brooklyn Museum and Have Art: Will Travel!...

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Blog Posts

As part of its Transforming Lives Documentary Film Project, the Institute for Women's Leadership at Rutgers University features the following...
In case you never learned or in case you need a refresher, Western States Center offers this video of Loretta Ross, cofounder and national...
By Rylee Sommers-Flanagan*
Newsweek recently conducted two new polls amongst corporate hiring managers as well as a telephone survey of the national public in order to...
 July 25, 2009 postedy by Amanda Harris*The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) families movement is a growing movement...


  • April 25, 2012

    Karin Kamp asks  "Is there an upside to the so-called 'war on women'? Could it be mobilizing a new generation of women leaders?" She interviews some prominent women representing the interests of other women to find out.


  • April 25, 2012

    Brooke Axtell examines the implications of the statistic that 60 percent of Black girls have experienced sexual abuse before the age of 18.


  • April 18, 2012

    The Globe and Mail article discusses the International Football Association Board's unanimous recommendation to rescind the hijab ban first introduced by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association in 2007.

  • April 16, 2012

    Sports Illustrated reports that the International Olympic Committee is stilltalking to Saudi Arabia about sending women to the London Games, despite a report that the conservative Muslim country's national Olympic committee resists the idea.

  • April 6, 2012

    As we consider the quickly approaching future in which women are predicted to be the primary breadwinners in most households, African-American women have something unique to add to discussion as well—they’ve been living that “...