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UC Davis Women’s Resources & Research Center

Coming Winter Quarter...

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GENDER IN THE NEWS Current Event What’s Not in the News Did You Know? “Still I Rise” Reflection In Response


Get Involved Winter Programs & Events

JOY FERGODA LIBRARY Book Review Reading List Course Reserves


How to Support a Friend Self Care Tip Crisis Resources Winter Break Services

Military Sexual Assault Bill Stalled By Stephanie Chang

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On November 22nd, the Military Justice Improvement Act (MJIA) of 2013 was filibustered in the Senate. The bill, introduced by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), would move the decision to prosecute offenders outside the chain-of-command to individual, independent military prosecutors. The MJIA would also require that a commanding officer who receives a sexual assault related report act immediately

by referring the report to the appropriate crime investigation service. Sexual assault has been, and continues to be, a prevalent but taboo issue in military circles. According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, there was an estimated 26,000 cases of unwanted sexual contact and assault in 2012, but only 594 went to military courts. According to a SAPRO report (Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office) released by the Defense Department, 25 percent of women and 27 percent of men who experienced unwanted sexual contact reported that the offender was someone in their military chain of command. Six out of ten Americans support the bill, according to a recent ABC News/Washington Post poll. Majorities of Republicans and Democrats also support this bill. Due to the filibuster, however, the Senate was unable to vote on the MJIA. Following the filibuster of the bill, the Senate headed into a two-week recess.


Every Word Counts By Audrey Hwang One ongoing obstacle faced by LGBT communities is the use of derogatory terms and hateful language. Just recently, a high school student named Becca Gorman brought this controversial problem to light after she used her Macbook Pro dictionary to look up the definition of “gay.” The resulting entry included a slang definition that described the term as, “informal foolish; stupid” with the following example usage: “making students wait for the light is kind of a gay rule.” Gorman notified Apple’s CEO shortly after discovering this inappropriate and irregular entry in the dictionary, and the company quickly removed the quote from their definition. There are still, however, other examples in the dictionary of insensitive definitions (such as a cissexist definitions of menstruation or a heteronormative definition of marriage) despite the removal of informal usages. Although definitions in the dictionary do not necessarily hold the power to control how words are used on a daily basis or which contexts they are used in, it is still important that those who create these formal definitions to realize their role shaping language usage and take care in doing so.

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Raising Awareness By Maria Angelica Wong Chang When is World AIDS Day? Since 1988, every December 1st has been honored as World AIDS Day. Sponsored by UK National AIDS Trust, a charity dedicated to changing society’s responses to HIV/AIDS, the day has become an internationally recognized space for remembrance, activism, and education. This year’s theme is Act Aware by learning more about the facts of HIV/AIDS and the stories behind the statistics. UK NAT also encourages everyone to share this awareness with others not only on December 1st, but on all other days of the year. What is Orange Day? On the 25th of every month, UNiTE, the United Nations Secretary-General’s campaign to end violence against women, organizes different activities to raise awareness about gendered violence. Inspired by the International Day to End Violence Against Women on November 25, monthly Orange Days are an ongoing effort to raise awareness about this issue. You, too, can participate by learning more and spreading the word through social media.


Empowerment Conference By Kat Genis

On Saturday, November 16, the WRRC hosted the “Still I Rise” Empowerment Conference. With over 90 people in attendance, the Student Community Center was filled with folks participating in workshops, engaging in dialogues, and building community connections. We were excited to host B. Cole and Chueh JunFung as keynote speakers, and hope you all enjoyed their presentation as much as we did. For more information about their work with the Brown Boi Project, visit The other organizers and I would like to recognize and thank all the people who contributed their time and energy to the conference! Your work throughout the day helped make the conference a success! Do you have something to share about the “Still I Rise” Empowerment Conference? We would love your comments and feedback. Please send us an email at Thanks again to all who participated!


Respectful Reporting Matters By Valerie Millward At the beginning of November, Fox News covered a story about a high school student whose skirt was set on fire while sleeping on a public bus. Whether or not this will legally be considered a hate crime has yet to be determined, though the 16-year-old perpetrator will be charged as an adult for this crime. Sasha Fleischman, the 18-year-old agender student, was able to put out the flame with the help of other passengers, but not before they suffered serious burns, for which they are now being hospitalized. Fox News was problematic in its news coverage of the crime. They use quotation marks around the term agender as though it is an illegitimate identity. Fox also shows blatant disrespect for Sasha’s gender identity by referring to them by their assigned birth name instead of using their chosen name and gender pronouns. While it is good that Fox and other visible news centers are raising awareness around is act of gendered violence, when they do so in a manner that belittles and mocks the victim, they may be doing more harm than good.

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Upcoming Programs & Events



Applications for volunteers and peer educators Looking for a way to get more involved with the WRRC? Consider applying to become a volunteer or intern! More information about each position and the application will be available at North Hall during the first weeks of Winter Quarter. Information for the following events is subject to change. Please contact the WRRC for the most current information regarding specific dates, times, locations, etc. Thank you for your understanding!



Family Activities Night

Winter Book Fair

Family Activities Night offers a space for student, faculty, and staff families to connect with each other, share resources, and relax in a family-friendly atmosphere. Activities for children along with snacks and dinner are provided free of charge.

Come browse through a great selection of titles and find the right book(s) for you! Suggested donations range from $0.25 to $3 per book and will benefit the Joy Fergoda Library.

Multipurpose Room, SCC, 4:30 - 6:30 pm


North Hall Porch, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm


Semana de la Xicana

Vagina: OurStories

Semana de la Xicana creates visibility about the needs of the Xicana community in order to foster change within UC Davis and the wider community.

Vagina: OurStories (V-Stories) is a performance written, produced, and performed by UCD students and community members in the spirit of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues.

Event locations and times TBA


Veteran’s Memorial Center Theatre, times TBA


International Womyn’s Day

WOC Research Summit

International Womyn’s Day is a global celebration of the economic, political, and social achievements of womyn past, present, and future.

A space for self-identified women of color to present research, celebrate accomplishments, and engage in dialogues about WOC in academia.

Quad, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

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Student Community Center, time TBA


BOOK REVIEW By Isaaca Kaly


The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down


This book by Anne Fadiman is a sad yet intriguing story dealing with the theme of cultural relativism. Cultural relativism is the idea that people may tend to interpret a situation based solely on their own cultural beliefs, morals, and values, failing to realize that there is more than one way to analyze a situation. Since people have different approaches to understanding certain concepts, they should encompass other cultural views when working together to avoid cultural bias. Fadiman explores this concept as she documents the relationship between a Hmong family and the medical doctors who attended to their daughter’s severe seizures. Since both felt their method of treatment was most effective, they had difficulties understanding and cooperating with each other. Doctors as well as the average person can gain a great deal of knowledge from reading this book.

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In addition to books and other library materials, the Joy Fergoda Library offers study space, wireless internet, public access computers, course reserves, a microwave, printing/copying services, free tea, and Skittles!



Domestic Violence Awareness •

The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence within Activist Communities (edited by Ching-In Chen, Jai Dulani, and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, 2011)

Women Escaping Violence: Empowerment Through Narrative (Elaine J. Lawless, 2001)

You Can Be Free: An Easy-to-Read Handbook for Abused Women (Ginny NiCarthy and Sue Davidson)

To Be an Anchor in the Storm: A Guide for Families and Friends of Abused Women (Susan Brewster, 1997)

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The Joy Fergoda Library has course readers and textbooks on reserve! Students may check out a reader or textbook from our reserves for 2 hours at a time. Reserves may not be taken outside the library. For Fall Quarter, we have materials for the following courses: • • • •

WMS 50 (Craig) WMS 102 (Mama) WMS 103 (Ho) WMS 189 (Mama)

More information about Winter Quarter reserves coming soon!


Disordered Eating

An eating disorder can be characterized by extreme thoughts, emotions, or attitudes about food, body size, and/or body shape. Disordered eating can manifest itself in many ways; the three most common types are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating. It is possible to be affected by more than one eating disorder at a time. While young women are a particularly vulnerable demographic, people of all genders and ages can be affected by disordered eating. Here are some tips to support your friend: • Ask. You can let your friend know that you’ve noticed sudden changes in their weight or behavior and that you’re concerned about them. This might provide them with an opportunity to share their struggle with someone else and/or acknowledge their need for help. If they deny that a problem exists, let them know that you’re available to help if the situation changes. • Listen and believe. If your friend decides that they need help and begin to share their issue with you, let them talk. Don’t be judgemental, interrupt, or give advice. Just listening to your friend can reassure them that you care and are there for them. • Be patient and respectful. Sharing about an eating disorder can be difficult and scary. Make sure you and your friend communicate and respect each other’s boundaries throughout the support process. Additional Resources • Association for Body Image & Disordered Eating (ABIDE) • National Eating Disorders Association (800) 931-2237 | • Student Health Services (530) 752-2300 | • Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) (530) 752-0871 | Resources in the Joy Fergoda Library • Talking to Eating Disorders: Simple Ways to Support Someone with Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating, or Body Image Issues (Heaton, 2005) • A Hunger So Wide and So Deep: A Multiracial View of Women’s Eating Problems Treating and Overcoming Anorexia Nervosa (Thompson, 1982) • The Beginner’s Guide to Eating Disorders Recovery (Kolodny, 2004)

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By Jezzie Zimbardo The holiday season can be a season of stress for many reasons. Here are some self-care tips for the upcoming break: •

Make sure to schedule time for yourself among the many obligations that you may have. Your needs count as much as everyone else’s!

Plan ahead for stressors that you know about from past years. If you are triggered by or cannot eat the types of food that are often provided at holiday-related gatherings, can you plan to eat ahead or bring a food that is more appropriate for you? Do you need to plan days to get out of the house during long stretches with your family?

If you will not be with family on a holiday, consider taking yourself out to the movies, volunteering, or going for a hike with a friend in the same boat. It’s true that holidays can be difficult if you are alone and do not wish to be, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t do something indulgent or pleasurable for yourself.

Resources at the WRRC OUR SPACE

Come by the WRRC to study, hang out, or nap in any of our great spaces, including the: • • • •

Righteous Babes Lounge Joy Fergoda Library Resource Room & Lounge Conference Room

Interested in reserving one of our spaces? Please visit the front desk in the resource room to fill out a request form. A staff member will then contact you to confirm the reservation.

STUDENT STAFF Suzanne Amor Kat Genis Lamia Hajani Whitney Mollenhaur Ayana Murakami-Freeberg olives Nguyen Nikko Reynoso Jasmine Wali

CAREER STAFF Joy Evans Mari Knuth-Bouracee Leilani Kupo Ashley Teodorson-Vau Jezzie Zimbardo

NOTE ABOUT WINTER BREAK SERVICES UC Davis winter break is from December 14 - January 3. Many university services, including the Women’s Resources and Research Center, will be closed to the public. The WRRC will be closed to the public beginning December 16th and will reopen on January 6th. Student Health and Counseling Services (both medical and mental health services) will be open during Winter break with the exception of Tuesday, December 24th and Wednesday, December 25th. Winter Quarter instruction will begin Tuesday, January 7th.

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Campus Violence Prevention Program - Victim Advocate (530) 754-6387 UC Davis Police (530) 752-1727 Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Center, Woodland (530) 662-1133 Counseling and Psychological Services, UC Davis (530) 752-0871


Homeless Housing & Food, Davis Community Meals 753-9204 Sexual Harassment Anonymous Call Line, UC Davis 752-2255 Cross-Cultural Center 752-4287 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual Resource Center 752-2452 Student Disability Center 752-3184 Women’s Clinic at Cowell Student Health Center 752-2300 Academic and Staff Assistance 752-2727


Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network 1-800-656-4673 CA Youth Crisis Line 1-800-843-5200 Suicide Prevention 1-800-273-8255 GLBT National Hotline 1-888-843-4564 Suicide and LGBTQ Youth Crisis Line 1-866-488-7386 EXHALE, after-abortion counseling 1-866-439-4253 Backline, pregnancy, parenting, abortion, adoption 1-888-493-0092

Women’s Writes is a monthly online newsletter that promotes events, news, and resources that contribute to women’s rights, gender equity, and social justice. Several articles and events were written and submitted by members of the larger Davis community. Opinions and events do not necessarily reflect the views of the UC Davis Women’s Resources and Research Center. To learn more about Women’s Writes, visit:

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UCD Women's Writes December 2013  

Women's Writes is a monthly online newsletter that promotes events, news, and resources that contribute to women's rights, gender equity, an...