The latest edition of Ask a Feminist, on the topic of Gender and Gun Violence, features a conversation between feminist and critical race scholar Angela P. Harris and criminologist Amy Farrell. They discuss the connections between masculinity and gun violence and the consequences of state efforts to control violence through criminalization. The need for feminist voices is particularly acute as political dialogue in the United States has shifted dramatically toward “law and order” approaches to solving community problems in the wake of the 2016 presidential election. Professor Harris’s scholarship provides the theoretical underpinning for feminist approaches to violence prevention such as restorative justice.
Ask a Feminist is part of a Signs’ broader open-access effort, the Feminist Public Intellectuals Project.
The Spring 2017 issue of Signs features a symposium commemorating the twenty-fifth anniversary of the publication of Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham’s pivotal Signs article, “African-American Women’s History and the The Metalanguage of Race.” The symposium, edited by Sherie M. Randolph, features essays by Robin D. G. Kelley, Tamar W. Carroll, Dayo F. Gore, Marlon M. Bailey and L. H. Stallings, and Randolph, as well as a response and reflection by Higginbotham. The issue also contains articles about the framing and reception of Afghan women’s narratives for a Western audience, pornography and labor, women’s protests in Ukraine, and the political economy of Muslim Chinese women’s wearing of maozi.
A course reader featuring units on women’s labor, the commodification of women’s sexuality and reproduction, violence against women, and varieties of activism.