2019 Program – Draft 9.21.19

Draft OSCLG19 Schedule (9.21)-Word Version


Wednesday, October 16

5:30-6:00 PM    Registration for Board Members

6:00-9:00 PM             Preconference Event: Executive Board Meeting

Thursday, October 17

8:30-9:45 AM             OSCLG Board Meeting

11:00-4:00 PM  Registration Open

12:00-1:15 PM            Concurrent Sessions (R1)

R1, Room 1

Musings on Many Mediated Masculinities

Hank Willis Thomas: Branding Black Men-Identity & Violence Through Images of Black Masculinity

Nafisah Raji, University of Ibadan, Nigeria

Men Without Shirts: Bollywood, Bodybuilding and Masculinity in Pakistan

Amna Nasir, Riphah International University, Pakistan

Reading Titus Andromedon’s Campiness as a Strategy of Queer Resistance in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Quang Ngo, Ohio University

Masculinity is Diverse: Intersectional Analysis of Masculinity in the Comedy One Day at a Time

Katia Nieto Salizar, Kent State University

R1, Room 2

Gendered Boundaries Across Contexts: At Work, In Prison, At Home

Navigating Boundaries in the Au PairExperience

Abbie Guthrie, Ball State University

Uncovering Gendered Violence Through Self-Protection in Prisons in the United States

Xinyi Lu, San Diego State University

An Autoethnography: The Breakup is the Best Option for Women

Olivia DeSalvo, Ball State University

“Shit Got to Get Done”: How Mothers and Fathers Who Identify as Egalitarian/Feminist Make Sense of Who Does What Unpaid Work and Why

Katherine Cruger, Chatham University

R1, Room 3

Learning By Doing: Undergraduate and Graduate Students Conducting Qualitative Interview Research Through A Sexuality and Communication Class Project

Jessica Kratzer, Northern Kentucky University

Courtney Hoelle, Northern Kentucky University

Autumn Shuler, Northern Kentucky University

Erin Mullins, Northern Kentucky University

Alyx McLuckie, Northern Kentucky University

This panel includes undergraduate and graduate student papers from a class research project in a Sexuality and Communication course. The professor chose a topic related to the class and their line of research in order to offer the best guidance for the project as a whole. For the class project, each student interviewed one participant (N = 17), transcribed the interview, and the professor distributed groups of transcripts to students for data analysis. The course followed a step-by-step guide of assignments that led students to the completion of a full qualitative research paper. This panel will start with a description of the course project including the process of guiding students through an interview-based qualitative research study. Each student will discuss their experience with the process and will share their papers.

R1, Room 4

Resisting (Toxic) Patriarchy in the Academy: A Roundtable Discussion that Privileges Intersectional Feminist Pedagogy, Research, and Practice

Lisa Gates, San Diego State University

Stetler Brown, San Diego State University

Kaitlin Brooks, San Diego State University

Bonnie Deal, San Diego State University

Kara Sutton, San Diego State University

Sarah Tellesen, San Diego State University

This roundtable considers the ways that feminist theory (e.g., hooks, 1991) and research on male masculinities (e.g., Palczewski, et al., 2019; Tillapaugh & McGowan, 2019) can contribute to (re)defining the future of masculinity within the academy. The session opens with the viewing of a Gillette commercial that debuted in January 2019. Facilitators will describe invitational rhetoric (Foss & Griffin, 1995) and co-create with participants rules for a critical discussion of how Gillette is seeking to (re)frame masculinity in the wake of the #MeToo, #TimesUp, #IBelieveHer, and #STEMtoo movements. After a consideration of toxic masculinity and patriarchy, participants will be invited to share an instance (one they’ve heard about or experienced) representing (toxic) masculinity in the academy. The roundtable will address strategies that students, faculty, staff, and administrators can employ to cultivate feminist capital, an intersectional viewpoint (Shields, 2008), and equity-mindedness in their academic roles. A goal is to deconstruct masculinity in the academy as it pertains to institutional politics, research practices, collaborative pedagogies, and administrative leadership.

1:30-2:45 PM     Concurrent Sessions (R2)

R2, Room 1

Interrogating Masculinities with Men

Jennifer Abbott, Wabash College

Cory Geraths, Wabash College

Crystal Benedicks, Wabash College

Cara Healey, Wabash College

Jesus Rodriguez, Wabash College

Atanacio Hernandez, Wabash College

How can we engage young men in interrogations of masculinities? And how do we help them negotiate masculinity amidst current conversations concerning such topics as #metoo and toxic masculinity? Participants on this roundtable will share specific strategies developed from their experiences at Wabash College, a liberal arts college for men. Roundtable participants will include both faculty and students. Faculty participants will represent a range of disciplines related to language and communication (English, Rhetoric, and Modern Languages), and all faculty are affiliated with the college’s Gender Studies program. Student participants will represent diverse majors, with one affiliated with the college’s Gender Studies minor. After sharing teaching methods that best engage male undergraduate students, we will open the roundtable to a conversation with attendees.

R2, Room 3

Like, Comment, Share, and Subscribe: Gender in and on Social Media

“Let’s Stop Complaining”: A Contrapunctual Analysis of an (Anti)feminist Facebook Post

Brooke Wolfe, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Jennifer Guthrie, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Female Fashion Advice: A Feminist Space on Reddit

Nathalie Desrayaud, Florida International University

Margaret A. Murray, University of Michigan, Dearborn

Online Support Seeking Behaviors and Their Associated Support Outcomes in Trans- and Body-Positive Online Spaces

Phillip Wagner, University of South Florida/Sarasota-Manatee

R2, Room 4

Black Womanhood, Black Feminisms

Black Women and Work Life Balance

Ebony Wilson, Ball State University

Black Feminist Futures

Camille Morris, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Intersectional Negotiations: Black Women Communicating Their Vulnerabilities

Danielle M. Stern, Christopher Newport University

Danielle Freeman, Christopher Newport University

But What About You, Mom?: An Autoethnography about Strong Black Womanhood and Health Communication

Savaughn Williams, University of Kansas

3:00-4:15 PM     Concurrent Sessions (R3)

R3, Room 1

Dispelling the Myth of Feminine Inferiority Conjured by the Saturation of Hyper-Masculinities in Organizing

Patricia Geist-Martin, San Diego State University

Kaitlin Brooks, San Diego State University

Lisa Gates, San Diego State University

Alana Nicastro, United States Marine Corps

Lisa Schenk, Schenk Communications Group

This proposed round-table discussion is designed to create a space where OSCLG participants can explore ways to transform their thinking and communication when they experience destabilizing hyper-masculinities in others’ communication. The round-table discussion facilitators—all highly educated women with diverse careers—have countless experiences with hyper-masculinities in their professional communication. These repetitive experiences can easily, and often unconsciously, destabilize people’s intellectual prowess and emotional fortitude. Therefore, finding ways to reorient; rapidly and authentically, is a learned skill that needs direct attention and ongoing practice. With the help of the round-table discussion participants, all members, to include the facilitators, will create a larger portrait that will shed light on communication practices that stabilize our value and worth, while destabilizing hyper-masculinities that minimize our best selves.

R3, Room 2

Producing Music and Masculinities: A Transdisciplinary Dismantling

Jennifer Grubbs, Antioch College

Asher Ruck, Antioch College

Ka’Dae Brockington, Antioch College

Téofilo Espada-Brignoni, Antioch College

In this roundtable discussion, we will interrogate the ways in which masculinities are constructed and reified in popular culture. Specifically, this engaging discussion will examine multiple genres of music through the lens of both anthropology and social psychology. Our conversation is predicated on the intersectional construction of masculinities, with particular attention to race and ethnicity, class, and sexuality.

R3, Room 3

Femininity, Masculinity, and Medicine

Celebrating Men’s Sexuality While Women’s Sexuality is Assaulted: The Combative Contemporary Rhetoric of Reproductive Rights

Jennifer A. Jackson, Missouri Western State University

Understanding How Chronic Illness (Appropriately) Redefines Hegemonic Masculinity

Michael S. Martin, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

Ruth Beerman, Randolph Macon University

Product Line: It’s Time To Talk About Menstruation

Kitty Taylor, Ball State University

R3, Room  4

What is Justice?: Conversations about Criminal Punishment, Nationalism, & Terrorism

Crisis & Transformation: Analyzing Narratives of White Nationalism

Zoe Fine, University of South Florida

Ellen Klein, University of South Florida

Dystopic Legalism: Structuration as Revocation of Female Bodily Agency in the Office of Refugee Resettlement

Nathaniel Rogers, San Diego State University

“Justice Will Be Punitive (I’ma Smash)”: Satirizing the Patriotic Libido through the Lonely Island’s

Finest Girl”

Michelle Colpean, University of Iowa

Meg Tully, Pennsylvania State University

The Feminist Way Forward: Gender and Peacebuilding in COPA

Elaina Eakle, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

4:30-5:45 PM     Concurrent Sessions (R4)

R4, Room 1

Feminisms in Interpersonal and Family Communication Research: Discussing the State of the Field and Workshopping Research Projects and Ideas

Jimmie Manning, University of Nevada, Reno

Julia Moore, University of Utah

As scholars have noted (Manning & Denker, 2015; Wood, 2016), studies of interpersonal and family communication have seldom involved feminist theories, concepts, or applications. In this session, the organizers will briefly present an overview of feminisms as they have been considered in interpersonal and family communication studies. Then audience members will have the opportunity to share their ideas for feminist interpersonal and family communication studies — including the opportunity to share and workshop research ideas or projects. Regardless of whether someone is a seasoned interpersonal or family communication researcher or new to this area of studies, they will benefit from the discussion provided here.

R4, Room 2

Media Texts and Their Audiences

The Role of the Masked Men in Framing Gender in “Ingrid Goes West”

Kimberly Golombisky, University of South Florida

Branding the Tech Savvy Female Audience

Jacquelyn Arcy, University of Wisconsin, Parkside

The Mamoru (Protector) Problem: Rejection of a Non-Hypermasculine Romantic Lead in Sailor Moon Fanfiction

Victoria Newsom, Olympic College

Amy Schumer’s Growing: The Re-Doing of Gender in the Performance of Pregnancy

Elizabeth Nelson, University of Minnesota/Duluth

R4, Room 3

Masculinities and Music

“Aqui Nadi Tiene La Batuta” : The (same) New Masculinities in Reggaeton Pop Music

Ana Gomex-Parga, Nazareth College

My Boyfriend Drives a Tesla: Grimes and Sonic Articulations of Toxic White Femininity

Laine McGinty, University of Arkansas

Rap Diss Tracks: A Genre of Drake’s Deployment of Soft Masculinity

Cecilia Cerja, University of Northern Iowa

Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Bitch’ Versus Tyga’s ‘Bitch’: The Dangers of the Hypermasculine Hip Hop Star

Jenalee Emmert, Edgewood College

R4, Room 4

Addressing Masculinity on College Campuses: Successes and Failures

Anondo Banerjee, Miami University 

Michael Loeffelman, Purdue University

Rebecca Baudry-Young, Miami University

Jane Goettsch, Miami University

Kyle Ashlee, Consultant

Chris Taylor, Wright State University

Current and former faculty and staff members of the Miami University Men and Masculinities Committee will discuss its successes and failures. This committee has for 8 years focused on trying to engage men on campus. Additionally, it administered a campus climate survey about masculinity at Miami University in 2012 and created a 5-year plan to better engage male-identified students. The committee was important in creating the Ohio Consortium on Men and Masculinities in Higher Education (OCMMHE) and provided the site of their first drive-in conference. The committee also did not reach its 5-year goal and is not on track to anytime soon.

The story is a common one on college campuses: initial promising growth, the loss of key individual(s), and then a period of stagnation. We hope to have an open and honest discussion so that other groups may learn from our successes and failures.

6:00-7:30 PM    President’s Reception

9:00-10:30 PM           Wine & Chocolate 

Friday, October 18

7:00-8:00 AM             Yoga

                            Led by Danielle Stern

8:00-8:45 AM    Women & Language Editorial Board Meeting 

                            Leland G. Spencer, Miami University, Editor

9:00-10:15 AM  Concurrent Sessions (F1)

F1, Room 1

Q&A with Journal Editors

Jimmie Manning, University of Nevada/Reno, Editor, Sexuality and Communication

Rebecca Meisenbach, University of Missouri, Editor, Management Communication Quarterly

Leland G. Spencer, Miami University, Editor, Women & Language

This roundtable discussion brings together three journal editors to offer advice and tips for anyone with questions about publishing peer-reviewed scholarly research in academic journals. We invite anyone to bring questions, concerns, or ideas and ask about writing, revising, submitting, the process of peer review, how to compose a revision letter, or any other part of the process.

F1, Room 2

Responding to Gender Violence on Campus

The UCSB “Masculinities Project”

Seth Goradietsky, University of California/Santa Barbara

Daniel Linz, University of California, Santa Barbara

Evaluation of Comprehensive Sexual Assault Prevention on College Campuses

Jack Baker, Miami University

Paul Flaspohler, Miami University

On Being “Authentically Aggie”: The Rhetorical Constitution of an Institutional, Hegemonic Masculine Subject

Kyle Colglazier, Texas A&M

Rebecca Costantini, Texas A&M

Dreaming of Non-Toxic Masculinity: An Applied Narrative Examination of Equitable Human Agency in Higher Education

Stetler Brown, San Diego State University

Lisa Gates, San Diego State University

F1, Room 3

Gender Across Technologies and Media

“T” is for “Transgender”: An Analysis of Children’s Picture Books Featuring Transgender Protagonists and Narrators

Jamie C. Capuzza, University of Mount Union

Challenging Ableism and Toxic Masculinity: Netflix’s “The Dragon Prince” Pushes the Boundaries of “Normativity” in Animated Children’s Media

Kendra Rivera, California State University, San Marcos

Danielle Caprice Biss, San Diego State University

Kyrene Athena Azul Rivera, Bella Mente Montessori School

Camp for Straight Boys: David Lee Roth’s Performance of Gender

Linda Levitt, Stephen F. Austin State University

Purple Snakes, Red Bull, and Hepatitis A: Mansplaining in Artificial Intelligence

Maureen Ebben, University of Southern Maine

Cheris Kramarae, University of Oregon

F1, Room 4

Teaching Abroad: Interrogating Masculinist Discourse

Rachel E. Silverman, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University

Desiree D. Rowe, Towson University

Patricia Geist-Martin, San Diego State University

Sarah J. Blithe, University of Nevada/Reno

The history and practice of patriarchal colonialism exists neither in a finite set of texts nor a monolithic system, but rather as a matrix of discourses adapted to and contingent on time and place. This roundtable discussion considers the ways in which, as feminist scholars, our pedagogy can contribute to decolonization, while asking how teaching abroad may make us complicit in discourses of colonialism. How can we, as white Western and/or American bodies in non-western and/or non-American spaces, create a pedagogy free from oppression? Is such a pedagogy possible in the context of teaching abroad? As leaders of student groups traversing international boarders, how do we negotiate our role in the journey? In this roundtable discussion, faculty who have taught abroad share their experiences and offer best practice suggestions in an effort to decolonize pedagogy and travel. We welcome other conference attendees who have taught abroad to come and share their stories. For those interested in teaching abroad, we provide a space to discuss questions and concerns.

10:30-12:00 PM         Keynote Panel

Welcome & Introduction to the Panel and Conference Theme
Carol L. Winkelmann, Xavier University, Conference Co-Host

Introduction of Speakers

Leland G. Spencer, Miami University, Conference Co-Host

Straight. Black. Queer.: Gender Anxiety, White Supremacy, and Stalling of the African American Dream

Vershawn Young, University of Waterloo

Time, Intersecting: Masculinity in One’s Here and Now

matthew heinz, Royal Roads University

Japan’s Masculinist Politics: An Intersectional Queer Critique of Actor Narumiya Hiroki’s Retirement from the Entertainment Industry

 Shinsuke Eguchi, University of New Mexico

Q&A with the Audience

Facilitated by Carol Winkelmann

12:15-1:30 PM   Concurrent Sessions (F2)

F2, Room 1

Examining Gender Role Performance in Drama Study

Melanie Bailey Mills, Eastern Illinois University

Bren Ortega Murphy, Loyola University/Chicago

Jennifer Morey Hawkins, St. Cloud State University

Shauna M. MacDonald, Villanova University

Ivy Glennon, University of Illinois

This performance explores the socially embedded nature of toxic gender roles by flipping sexes in dramatic readings from an award winning play, That Championship Seasonby Jason Miller (1973 Pulitzer Prize winner for drama). Issues raised include toxic masculinities, history of social sex role identities, and ideas about raising social consciousnesses toward gender equality and social justice in concrete meaningful ways through the arts.

F2, Room 2

Collaborative Dialogue toward Transformational/Transformative Feminism: Disrupting Toxic Masculinities, Systemic Misogyny, and White Ethno-Nationalist Patriarchy

Paige Edley, Loyola Marymount University

Bernardo Attias, California State University, Northridge

Judy Battaglia, Loyola Marymount University

Gail Buck, University of Southern California

Devika Chawla, Ohio University

Jennifer Freitag, University of Dayton

Amira de la Garza, Arizona State University

Tina Harris, Louisiana State University

Priya Kapoor, Portland State University

Lara Martin Lengel, Bowling Green State University

Cerise Glenn, University of North Carolina/Greensboro

Victoria Newsom, Olympic College

Gloria Pindi, California State University, San Marcos

Siobhan Smith-Jones, University of Louisville

Toniesha Taylor, Prairie View A & M University

Sarah Tellesen, San Diego State University

Kerry Wilson, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Trina Wright-Dixon, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

A sense of significant loss of power has pervaded white subcultures across a very wide spectrum–from those shaped by toxic masculinities that perpetuate misogyny and violence and those shaped by narrowly defined white feminisms that exclude and eliminate others. How can we bring different people into the discussion without putting them on the defensive? As roundtable participants, we don’t pose definitive answers. Instead, we argue for a new approach through theorizing and organizing what we identify as Transformational or Transformative Feminism. This collaboration of Intersectional and Transnational Feminisms is an inclusive coalescence working itogether to effect social change, to stand together, to strengthen and amplify each others’ voices, and to center vulnerable voices to make a difference in the lives of everyone who experiences sexual violence around the world. More than a theory, this is a way of life—a way of organizing, a way of sharing power amongst Western White Women and Intersectional and Transnational Women, Femmes, and others influenced by toxic and oppressive masculinities and violence. We invite a deeper interrogation into better ways to investigate, agitate, and advocate by decentering white feminisms and highlighting the marginalized voices and bodies of Black, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian, Queer, and Trans Women/Femmes, children, and others affected by sexual violence. White cisgender, hetero women must be more than allies and must support Sisters of Color and International/Transnational Sisters, even if it means giving up one’s own power.

F2, Room 3

Resist, Redefine, and Reenvision: Exploring Positive Masculinity

Stephanie Young, University of Southern Indiana

Cindi Clayton, University of Southern Indiana

Jessica Rick, University of Southern Indiana

Erin Gilles, University of Southern Indiana

Ruth Beerman, Randolph-Macon College

Much critical attention has been given to hegemonic and toxic masculinities. However, what could healthy masculinities look like? What are examples in which toxic masculinity is resisted? What are ways we can redefine masculinity? Panelists draw from a variety of areas, from representation in advertisement and sports to pedagogical practices to stories of stay-at-home dads and Black fatherhood. Ultimately, the panel attempts to answer the question—What does positive masculinity look like?

F2, Room 4

Communicating Polyamory and other Alternatives to Monogamy

Failing Again: When the Self-Help Genre Doesn’t Help

Rachel E. Silverman, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University

Queer your Wife, Queer your Life: Poly Interventions in a Monogamous Culture

Danielle M. Stern, Christopher Newport University

Disrupting Heteronormativity in the Classroom: What Straight Students Learned from ReadingThe Ethical Slut

Jimmie Manning, University of Nevada, Reno

Polyamory and Kink: An Intersection of Non-Normative identities

Jessica Kratzer, Northern Kentucky University

Communicating Consensual Non-Monogamy: A Review of Terms and Practices

Autumn Shuler, Northern Kentucky University 

1:45-3:00 PM              Concurrent Sessions (F3)

F3, Room 1

Vice President’s Panel |  Dismantling “isms”: Using Privilege for Good

 Karla D. Scott, Saint Louis University, OSCLG Vice President (2018-2020)

Paige Pettyjohn Edley, Loyola Marymount University

Cerise Glenn, University of North Carolina, Greensboro

Bren Ortega Murphy,  Loyola University, Chicago

F3, Room 2

Toxic Masculinities: From Fandom to Gender Violence

Wounding and Healing: Toxic Masculinity, Masculine Fragility and the Search for Father (Self) in Contemporary Culture

Susan Mackey-Kallis, Villanova University

Brian Johnston, Miami University

“As Long as It Feels Right Within the Greater Star Wars Story…” Emotional Sense-Making of Toxic Masculinity, Racism, and Heterosexism in Star Wars Fandom

Kendra Dyanne Rivera, California State University/San Marcos

“I Don’t Even Deserve a Chance”: An Ethnographic Study of Adverse Childhood Experiences Among Male Perpetrators of Intimate Partner Violence

Natalie Hoskins, Middle Tennessee State University

Adrianne Kunkel, University of Kansas

404: Page Not Found: Stories of Sexual Violence on Couchsurfing

Caitlin Williams, Texas A&M University

F3, Room 3

Friends and Foes: Masculinity and Mass Media

Our Friend(s) Chandler: New Masculinity or Homophobia?

Jennifer C. Dunn, Dominican University

Interrogating Audience Responses to Gillette’s “The Best Men Can Be” Viral Video Advertisement on Toxic Masculinity

Molly McCabe, Christopher Newport University

Michaela D. E. Meyer, Christopher Newport University

Rewriting Monoliths: Challenging Normative Narratives in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Camille Morris, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

“Hey, Auntie!”: What’s Really Going On withBlack Pantherand Black Masculinity?

Siobhan E. Smith-Jones, University of Louisville

Johnny Jones, University of Louisville

Derrick R. Brooms, University of Cincinnati

Armon Perry, University of Louisville

F3, Room 4

Sex Work, Sex Trafficking, and Sexual Violence

Interrogating “Monger” Sex Tourist Masculinities in Costa Rica

Lara Lengel, Bowling Green State University

“Rights Not Rescue”: Examining Cyber-Counterpublics through SWOP USA’s Social Media Posts about FOSTA-SESTA

Samantha Thies, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Sex Trafficking, Sex Work in Cincinnati

Carol L. Winkelmann, Xavier University

Hannah Brenneman, Tri-State Anti-Human Trafficking Network

Who Wore It Best? Victims of Accusations Vs. Victims of Assault: Perceptions of Justice for Accused and Accusers in Cases of Sexual Assault

Mara Berkland, North Central College

Supa Jain, North Central College

Suzanne Chod, North Central College

3:15-4:30 Concurrent Sessions (F4)

F4, Room 1

Gender on the Big and Small Screens: Masculinity in Film and TV

Time and (Relative Dimension in) Space for Feminism in Doctor Who

Gabe Garcia, San Diego State University

Mr. Mom No More: An Exploration of Single Father Characters in Prime-time Television Dramas and Comedies

Laurena Bernabo, Christopher Newport University

Jennifer Turchi, University of Memphis

When a Television Series Misses the Mark: Identity Politics, Whiteness and Televisual Representations in Off the Map

Alese Devin, Christopher Newport University

Michaela D.E. Meyer, Christopher Newport University

Mixed Race, White Grievance, Heroism, and Postracist Inclusion in 47 Ronin

David Oh, Ramapo College of New Jersey

F4, Room 2

Confronting Problematic Masculinities: Toxic, Racist, and Hegemonic

The Cowardice and Courage of Studying Differences and Practicing Dialogue: Organizing Against White Racist Masculinities on Campus

Anna Wolfe, Texas A&M University

Alt-right Masculinities: Construction and Commodification of the Ethno-Nationalist Anti-Hero

Victoria Newsom, Olympic College

Lara Lengel, Bowling Green State University

“Why Do I Always Have to be a Woman?” The Hiding of Toxic Masculinity in Evangelical Spaces

Kara Sutton, San Diego State University

A Longitudinal Ethnomethodological Examination of Toxic Masculinity in America

Carey Noland, Northeastern University

Elie Dallimore, Northeastern University

F4, Room 3

When Masculinities Harm: Confronting Exclusion, Violence, and Hegemony

We Would Like a Change: An Examination of the Minimal Theorization of Hegemonic Masculinity in Rhetorical Studies

Bonnie Elene Deal, San Diego State University

(Dis)Respect in the Classroom: A Gendered Perspective of Academia

Abriana Vesconte, Eastern Illinois University

Enough is Enough: Feminist Pessimism Response to Toxicity of Hegemonic Masculinities

Natonya Blackmun Listach, Middle Tennessee State University

Jennifer A. Jackson, Missouri Western State University

Empowerment through Empathy: An Examination of Why People Do Not Report Their Gender-Based Violence Experiences

Jennifer A. Guthrie, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Brooke Wolfe, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Camille Morris, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

F4, Room 4

Men, Feminism, and Dialogue

GhostbustersFans versus Feminists: When There’s Something Wrong in our Media Critique

Jenn Freitag, University of Dayton

Engaging Men on the College Campus: Helpful and Unhelpful Messages

Natalie Hoskins, Middle Tennessee State University

Protecting Masculinity, Preserving Patriarchy: Public Memory’s Gender Problem

Shauna MacDonald, Villanova University

Aunting to Counter, Aunting to Confirm: Combating Toxic Masculinity through Feminist Aunting

Brianne Waychoff, CUNY

6:00-9:00 PM Award Banquet

Outstanding Book 

Embodied Reckonings: “Comfort Women,” Performance, and Transpacific Redress

Elizabeth Son, Northwestern University

Sex and Stigma: Work and Life in Nevada’s Legal Brothels

Sarah Blithe, University of Nevada, Reno; Anna Wiederhold Wolf, Texas A&M University; Breanna Mohr, University of Nevada, Reno

Outstanding Conference Paper

Resistance, Discursive Activism, and Gender Politics in Ghanaian Social Media: A Feminist Critical Discourse Analysis

Nancy Henaku, Michigan Technological University

Outstanding Creative Project

The Presence of Absences

Andrew R. Spieldenner, California State University, San Marcos

Caged Bird

Jade Huell, California State University, Northridge

Cheris Kramarae Outstanding Dissertation

A Spectrum of Silence and the Single Storyteller: Stigma, Sex, and Mental Illness among the Latter-day Saints

Rebekah Crawford, Ohio University

Feminist Teacher-Mentor 

Lisa Hanasono, Bowling Green State University

Jessica Kratzer, Northern Kentucky University

Danielle Stern, Christopher Newport University

Outstanding Thesis

The Vulvar Vernacular: Communication Dilemmas Experienced by Women with Chronic Genital Pain

Elizabeth Hintz, University of South Florida

Outstanding Undergraduate Paper or Creative Project

“I am Gay”: Identities and Performative Pragmatics in the Coming-out Narratives of Singaporean Gay Men

Pak Yongkang, Vincent, National University of Singapore

Anita Taylor Outstanding Article or Chapter

Moving Rhetorica

Michele Kennerly, Pennsylvania State University

Carly Woods, University of Maryland

Four Transgressive Declarations for Ending Gender Violence

Jennifer Freitag, University of Dayton

9:00-10:30 PM Wine & Chocolate

Saturday, 19 October

7:00-8:00 AM             Yoga

                            Led by Rachel Silverman

8:00-8:45 AM             Hosting Future OSCLG Conferences

                                          Jennifer C. Dunn, Dominican University, Conference Liaison

9-10:15 AM        Concurrent Sessions (S1)

S1, Room 1

Navigating Borderlands: An Open Dialogue for OSCLG 2020 in Norfolk, Virginia

Danielle Stern, Christopher Newport University

Katherine J. Denker, Ball State University

Michaela D.E. Meyer, Christopher Newport University

Jennifer C. Dunn, Dominican University

Paaige Turner, Ball State University

We are excited to host the 43rd annual OSCLG conference in Norfolk, Virginia, a beautiful seaport city that is home to an arts district, shipping ports, an architectural wonder of a public library with a Maker Studio, and the world’s largest naval base. This juxtaposition of culture and industry make it a wonderful place to explore, celebrate, and critique intersectional gendered connections. Ball State and Christopher Newport universities are co-sponsoring, with a planned Undergraduate Research Conference for the first time. We invite you to join the conference co-planners to ask questions and share your ideas for panels, roundtables, special programming, and any other conference concerns you would like to navigate!


S1, Room 2

Dungeous, Dragons, and Donald Trump (Oh my!): Rhetorical Critics Tackle Gender

Dungeons and Dragons and Damsels in Distress: A Visual Rhetorical Critique of The Dungeon Master’s Guide

Mylie Brennan, Ball State University

“I Own Guns, and No One’s Taking Them Away”: The Crisis of Masculinity in Republican Campaign Advertising

Ryan Neville-Shepard, University of Arkansas

Casey Ryan Kelly, University of Nebraska

Putin’s Butt Buddy: The Homoerotic Emasculation of Trump as an Oppositional Rhetorical Strategy

Jessica Furgerson, University of Cincinnati

Raising Up Trump: (Re)inventing the Esther Strategy in the 2016 Presidential Election

Melody Lehn, Sewanee: The University of the South

S1, Room 3

Patriotism, Nationalism, Militarism: A Triumvirate of Masculinist Violence

My Mother’s Recipe, My Nation’s Narrative: Intersections of Food, Militarism, and Masculinity

Lindsey Pullum, Indiana University

Family Jewels: Weaponizing Gender Through White Supremacy

Zoe Fine, University of South Florida

Mommy Goes To War: The Intersection of Femininity Maternity, and Military Masculinity

Catherine Van Halsema, Indiana University, Bloomington

S1, Room 4

Roundtable: Feminist Vigilance, Toxic Masculinities

Brainstorming a Feminist Model of Distributed Vigilance

Victoria L. Bergvall, Michigan Technological University

Women Religious: Uneasy Keepers of Democracy and Faith

Bren Ortega Murphy, Loyola University

Watch Night for Black Women: Reflecting on Vigilance and Repurposing Strength for Self-Car

Karla D. Scott, St. Louis University

Paradoxes of State Feminist Vigilance in the Postcolony: A Feminist Critical Discourse Analysis

Nancy Henaku, Michigan Technological University

Black Women, Black Panther, and Black Feminist Anticipatory Vigilance

Siobhan Smith, University of Louisville

Watching with Feminist Vigilance: Media Genres of Domestic Violence

Diane Shoos, Michigan Technological University

Feminist Vigilance in/as Qualitative Research

Laura Ellingson, Santa Clara University

Mothers and Gun Violence: Feminist Vigilance about Evidence-Based Research

Patty Sotirin, Michigan Technological University

10:30-12:00 PM         Wise Women Panel

“Checking Ourselves: Moving the Conversation Forward”

Karla D. Scott, St. Louis University

Cheris Kramarae, University of Oregon

Deborah Ballard-Reisch, Wichita State University

In this session, members of the OSCLG Wise Women Council facilitate our continuing conversation about the importance of checking privilege as well as practical ways of doing so. We will begin with short presentations about current controversies in the academy as well as new research and training. We will then have a large-group conversation about how OSCLG can support our efforts to address privilege in the many aspects of our lives.

12:15-2:15 PM             Business Luncheon

                            Paaige Turner, Ball State University, OSCLG President (2018-2020)

                                          Chad McBride, Creighton University, OSCLG Past President (2018-2020)

                                          Karla D. Scott, St. Louis University, OSCLG Vice President (2018-2020)

                                          Rachel Silverman, Embry-Riddle, Communication Coordinator

                                          Janell Bauer, CSU, Chico, Managing Director


Walk for Freedom (Meet in the lobby at 12:15 pm; Walk scheduled from 1-3 pm)

Melanie Bailey Mills, Eastern Illinois University  

Walk for Freedom is a global fundraising and awareness event with the goal of rallying people all over the world as a way to disrupt the existence of slavery in our cities, in our communities, and in our world.  This session aims to gather and support OSCLG participants who would like to walk in Cincinnati as one step, in the long-term fight to abolish slavery in its many forms.

2:30-3:45 PM                      Concurrent Sessions (S2)

S2, Room 1

Sacred Intersections: Gender, Sexuality, and Religious Identities

The Lydia Project: Purple Scarves as the Performance of “Radical Hospitality”

Elizabeth Nelson, University of Minnesota, Duluth

“God is Gay”: Navigating Agnostic, Feminist, and Queer Identities as a Mother, Ethnography, and Adult Leader within the Boy Scouts of America.

Natalie Hoskins, Middle Tennessee State University

Shepherd or Judge?: Locating Religious Leaders Along a Spectrum of Masculinities

Rebekah Crawford, Ohio University

Man, Overboard: Noah, Evangelical Masculinities, and the Ark Encounter Theme Park

Stephen Yandell, Xavier University

S2, Room 2

Perpetrating Fear: Sexuality, Dating, and Relationships

Bright side of the Ghosting Phenomenon: Exploring ghosting as justification for gender based dating fear

Kathy Denker, Ball State University

Jimmie Manning, University of Nevada, Reno

Bearing Straight: An Analysis of the Queering of Faith-Based Sexual Abstinence Programming Targeting Men and Boys

Christine E. Crouse-Dick, Bethel College

DON’T TELL DAD: An Autoethnographic Look at Disclosure Decisions in Families

Cindi Clayton, University of Southern Indiana

S2, Room 3

Doctors, Nurses, Coaches, and Parents: Exploring Gender and Health

Investigating Partner Support for Breastfeeding in the Context of the Breastfeeding Triad: Complexities, Challenges, and Recommendations for Partners

Catherine Goodall, Kent State University

Rikki Price, Kent State University

Nurse, Heal Thyself: How Hegemonic Masculinities Undermine Interpersonal Connection Within the Caring Culture of Nursing

Carey Noland, Northeastern University

Janet MacLennan, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras

Understanding Constructions of the (Physician) Self and (Patient) Other in Physicians’ Narratives about Race, Health, and Policy

Brianna Cusanno, University of South Florida

“He shouldn’t have been hired in the first place”: Chronic Illness, Masculinity, and Embodied Performance in Sports-Related Occupations

Anne Kerber, Minnesota State University, Mankato

S2, Room 4

Putting on the Purple: The Political Uses of Purple in Feminist Movement

Lori Blewett, The Evergreen State College

Victoria DeFrancisco, University of Northern Iowa

Maureen Ebben, University of Southern Maine

Jenn Freitag, University of Dayton

Cheris Kramarae, University of Oregon

Karla Scott, St. Louis University

Alice Walker taught us that the color purple can stand for independence, vibrancy, and beauty. One of her characters states: “I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it.” We want to stop to notice the color purple—and its role as an important symbol in feminist movement. The Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender has made lively use of the color purple in programs and publications ever since as activists we were able to move from mimeographed publications to print and online work. Many of us wear and celebrate purple much of the time at our conferences, but little explicit attention is given in our presentations and publications to the uses and meanings of the color purple for feminists. In this panel discussion, we deliberately move outside the usual study of verbal discourse to consider what it means to put on the purple. Through anecdotes, theoretical explorations, and performance, we explore the color purple and the rhetoric of color as a politics in visual form. We engage a rhetoric of color as it intersects gender, sexuality, race, popular culture, economics, status, ecology and other forms of social identity and communication. We analyze its functions of color on both aesthetic and political levels, acknowledge the ways color has been used to threaten and oppose the rights of minority groups, and consider how color can be used to catalyze social change.

4:00-5:15 PM     Concurrent panels (S3)

S3, Room 1

Award Winners’ Panel

Chair: Chad McBride, Creighton University

Outstanding Book 

Embodied Reckonings: “Comfort Women,” Performance, and Transpacific Redress

Elizabeth Son, Northwestern University

Sex and Stigma: Work and Life in Nevada’s Legal Brothels

Sarah Blithe, University of Nevada, Reno; Anna Wiederhold Wolf, Texas A&M University; Breanna Mohr, University of Nevada, Reno

Outstanding Conference Paper 

Resistance, Discursive Activism, and Gender Politics in Ghanaian Social Media: A Feminist Critical Discourse Analysis

Nancy Henaku, Michigan Technological University

Outstanding Creative Project

Caged Bird

Jade Huell, California State University, Northridge

Cheris Kramarae Outstanding Dissertation

A Spectrum of Silence and the Single Storyteller: Stigma, Sex, and Mental Illness among the Latter-day Saints

Rebekah Crawford, Ohio University

Feminist Teacher-Mentor

Jessica Kratzer, Northern Kentucky University

Danielle Stern, Christopher Newport University

Outstanding Thesis

The Vulvar Vernacular: Communication Dilemmas Experienced by Women with Chronic Genital Pain

Elizabeth Hintz, University of South Florida

Anita Taylor Outstanding Article or Chapter

Four Transgressive Declarations for Ending Gender Violence

Jennifer Freitag, University of Dayton

S3, Room 2

Collaborative Quilting: Weaving Our OSCLG Past, Present, and Future

Michelle Dreiling, University of Oregon

Deborah Ballard-Reisch, Wichita State University

S3, Room 3

Gender and Mental Health

Considering the Implications of Intersectionality for Graduate Student Mental Health

Kim Kline, University of Texas, San Antonio

Mary McNaughton-Cassill, University of Texas, San Antonio

Examining the Mundane Discourse of Suicide: How We Talk about It May Perpetuate the Problem of Suicide

Angela Jacobs, Eastern Illinois University

“Gynechiatry?” A Qualitative Study Exploring the Intersections of Reproductive and Mental Health

Brianna Cusanno, University of South Florida

Privileged Postures: An Intersectional Examination of Gendered Performativity and Cultural Appropriation of Yoga in Western Society

Venessa Bowers, Salisbury University

S3, Room 4

Moving Out of the Binary

Karen Foss, University of New Mexico

Ann Skinner-Jones, COLOR 2 CREATE Studio/Workshops

The world is defined in binaries—good-bad, male-female, civilized-uncivilized, right-wrong. Whether in politics, the workplace, or personal decision making, the either-or is the default mode. Throughout its many iterations, feminism has sought to challenge binaries that limit possibilities for imagining and living a feminist reality. However, finding ways to help students move beyond the binary can be difficult. In this workshop, the color wheel is used literally and metaphorically to teach students ways to thrive outside the binary by learning to generate a range of alternatives for themselves and their lives.

5:30-6:30 PM    Evening Entertainment

Sunday, 20 October

7:00-8:00 AM             Yoga

9:00-10:15  AM Concurrent Sessions

U1, Room 1

Analyzing Messages about Health and Beauty

She’s Beauty, But She’s Not Grace: How Hillary Clinton Lost the Jeremiad Votes

Karly Poyner, Ball State University

A Modern Makeover

Colin Jackson, Western Kentucky University

“You See Me Down There More Than My Husband Does!”: The Navigation of Health Messages Among Body-Waxing Specialists

Courtney Hook, Ohio University

U1, Room 2

Navigating Family, Parenthood, and Gender

Guilt Avoidance and the Good Mother: How Vaccine Advertising Trades on Parental Identity to Promote a Product

Lauren Kolodziejski, California PolyTechnic State University

Just a Normal Dad: Examining Masculinities and Fatherhood Among Stay-at-Home Fathers

Ginger Bihn-Coss, Kent State University

Our Family’s Journey: The Narrative Account of the Communicative Process of the Transgender Coming Out Experience

Maddeline Wiles, Northern Michigan University

What’s In a Name?

Rebecca Ashby, Miami University

U1, Room 3

At the Confluence on the Body: Exploring and Resisting Heteronormative Masculinities

Striking Bodies: Striking Out Patriarchal Regimes

Marie Thompson, Wright State University

Body-Brain-Society: (Dis)Ability and the Construction of Gender

Jessica Barnett, Wright State University

Orienting toward Empathy: Embodied Queer Approaches to Trauma Informed Scholarship

Tina Puntasecca, Michigan State University

Cowboys, Queers, and Happily Ever-Afters: A Reflexive Writing Process

Taylor Sherritt, Wright State University

U1, Room 4

A Scholarship Smorgasbord: Gender and Race in Media, Relationships, and Classrooms

Students’ Awareness of Racial Diversity in Interracial Communication

Anh Tuan Nguyen, University of Southern Indiana

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Subverting Toxic Masculinity with Feminine Charm, Logic, and Awareness

Anastasia Strodel, University of Southern Indiana

“I Don’t Want to Be Known as ‘Mr. Fix It’”: Accounting for the Value of Male Social Support Offered to Survivors of Sexual Assault

Danielle Biss, San Diego State University

10:30-11:45 AM          Concurrent Sessions (U2)

U2, Room 1

Identities: Urban, Rural, Racial, and Interracial

She’s Gotta Learn It: A Study on Black/white Female Interracial Friendship

Savaughn Williams, University of Kansas

The Influence of Masculinity on Skin Lightening and Strategies for Change Among Low Status Women of Mali

Sarah Lockridge, University of Maine

U.S. Rural Women’s Construction and Expression of Identities in Relation to Community

Hannah Bush, University of South Florida

Most Livable City for Whom?: An Analysis of Pittsburgh’s Sustainability Rhetoric

Carla Richards, Chatham University

U2, Room 2

Masculinities, Bodies, Identities

Mortal Man

Aaron Paschal, photographer, ap2photography

The Body as a Text: Elvira’s Resistance in Pizarro

Nancy Achiaa Frimpong, Colorado State University

Toxic Masculinity: An Explication Built from YouTube Comments

Nathalie Desrayaud, Florida International University

Emily Boulos, Florida International University

U2, Room 3

Breastfeeding Uncertainty, Support, and Identity of Motherhood: A Multi-Perspective Discussion of Breastfeeding Challenges for Mothers

Abbie Guthrie, Ball State University

Angela Hosek, Ohio University

Kayla Rauch, Ohio University

Kelly Weikle, Ohio University

Kujang Laki, Ohio University

Heather Matthys, Ohio University

Breastfeeding is a common form of feeding mothers can provide to their babies. However, there are several challenges women can face when they are breastfeeding their children, which can lead to a need for a reduction of uncertainty, greater need for social support, and information to reduce uncertainty. This panel will discuss and examine different studies regarding mothers and breastfeeding from four different perspectives, taken from a larger dataset. The first study will discuss some of the anticipated uncertainty for pregnant women in regards to breastfeeding. The second study will discuss how breastfeeding contributes to the construction of a mother’s identity. The third study will discuss the interactions women have with their healthcare professional regarding breastfeeding. Last, the fourth study will discuss some of the memorable messages women receive regarding breastfeeding and how those connect to their identity as a “good mother.”

U2, Room 4

I <3 Pop Culture: Scholars Dish on What’s Hot in TV, Film, Gaming & Music

Jenn Freitag, University of Dayton

Hollis Glaser, Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY

Jennifer Guthrie, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Scarlett Harrington, University of Denver

Adrianne Kunkel, University of Kansas

Joshua Morgan, University of Kansas 

Brianne Waychoff, Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY

In this tell-all discussion guaranteed to turn you to the latest trends in feminism masculinity, and media critique, a group of pop-culture lovers reveal their latest obsessions in the world of television, film, video games, and music. What are they into and why?  If popular culture both reflects AND informs societal attitudes and values about gender and sexuality, how do they situate themselves as consumers of content? Which of these scholars has been a bad feminist and given in to their guilty pleasures? Who has discovered scenes and songs that represent progressive masculinities and intersectional feminisms? How do other aspects of identity, like race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, class, age and ability come into play? Who has leveled up in their critical engagement of the complexities of consumption? This roundtable invites love, hate, and scholarly debate on pop culture from session presenters and attendees.

12:00 PM           Conference Adjournment