Students at Michigan State University Discuss Pink Ribbon Blues as an Exemplar of Feminist Research

On Wednesday (April 18th) I’ll be doing a virtual workshop (via SKYPE teleconference) with students in Dr. Stephanie Nawyn‘s course on Feminist Research Methods at Michigan State University.

What is feminist research?

At its most basic level, feminist research actively seeks to remove power imbalances between research and subject; has a major role in changing social inequality; and begins with the standpoints and experiences of women. From there, there are a variety of interpretations about what feminist research is, is not, and what it should be.

The aim of Dr. Nawyn’s course is to introduce students to how and why feminist research methods are used in the social sciences. It starts with readings about feminist frameworks and the different methods used within it, and then moves on to the application of feminist methods in different settings. Students also conduct their own research projects, using concepts in the course. Because Dr. Nawyn engages the principle of participatory learning, she gives her students a more direct role in the course than is usual in many college classes. She has student-designed workshop days–like the one I’ll be part of–that involve student-led discussion and hands-on development of research projects and ideas.

For my workshop, Dr. Nawyn’s students will be considering how the research and analysis of “Pink Ribbon Blues” (as presented on this website and blog) represent feminist goals, perspectives, and methods. Students will then use this space to share their comments about what the “F” word [feminism…] means in social science research, and how it is useful. They will consider several feminist themes as they are represented on the Pink Ribbon Blues website and will, I hope, support their ideas with examples, links, and even excerpts from their course readings. If you’re not an MSU student, please feel free to add your own commentary here too.

Many thanks to Dr. Nawyn and her students. I look forward to a lively conversation here, and (virtually) in their classroom!

From a notable feminist poet and woman diagnosed with breast cancer:

“When I dare to be powerful — to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” — Audre Lorde, author of The Cancer Journals

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4 comments to Students at Michigan State University Discuss Pink Ribbon Blues as an Exemplar of Feminist Research

  • How fascinating, Gayle! How did the workshop go? Do you have any links to online resources on the subject addressed? xx

  • The workshop went well, Jan. Thanks!! I will ask Dr. Nawyn for the sources she used for the class.

  • Asia Hill

    Dear Dr. Sulik,
    As a student in Dr. Nawyn’s class I greatly appreciated you commiting an hour to us.Not only were you very open about your personal experiences with feminist research but you also gave us advice on our own topics as well. I will take your advice into consideration while writing my paper and I wish you the best in your future projects!

  • A belated congratulations! I’m so glad it went well.

    By the way, I went to Michigan State University as an undergraduate. Just a side note — isn’t the campus gorgeous?

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Backlash against “pinkwashing” of breast cancer awareness campaigns BMJ

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How to Make the Biggest Impact With Your Breast Cancer Donations Money

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NFL, Pink Ribbons Not Enough to Win over Women CNN

3 Questions We Need to Answer for Breast Cancer Awareness Month Chronicle of Philanthropy

The problem with National Breast Cancer Awareness Month Women's Health Magazine

Pink Ribbon Envy: Living with an Uncool Cancer The Nib

A Year After Bombings, Some Say 'Boston Strong' Has Gone Overboard NPR, All Things Considered

Canadian Mammogram Study KCRW, NPR Affiliate

Time to Debunk the Mammography Myth CNN

Breast Cancer: Awareness, Activism & Pinkwashing NPR Charlotte

Buying Pink Al Jazeera's The Stream Watch »

The Pink Backlash Orlando Sentinel

Why Jolie's Test Costs So Much CNN

Preventative Mastectomies: Disease and Deception BlogTalkRadio

Angelina Jolie and the 'Breast Cancer Gene' KCRW

Our Feel-Good War on Breast Cancer The New York Times Magazine.

The Story Behind the Pink Ribbon Campaign Sisters Talk Radio

WISH Interview Women's International Summit for Health

Making Cancer About The Patient, Not The Body Part CBS Pittsburgh

Sexy breast cancer campaigns anger many patients USA Today

The perils of pink The Daily

Komen pink campaign creates breast-cancer blues for some Dallas Morning News

A yellow flag for the NFL's pink New York Daily

Gayle Sulik named #7 in SharecareNow’s Top 10 Online Influencers in Breast Cancer

Breast cancer cancer causes so easily derailed Philly Inquirer

Komen Charity Under Microscope for Funding, Science Reuters

The Fight Against Cancer - And Abortion? Salon.com

Susan G. Komen For the Cure defunds Planned Parenthood. In Deep with Angie Coiro

Amid Breast Cancer Month, Is there Pink Fatigue? NPR's All Things Considered

How is Breast Cancer Culture Undermining Women's Health? America’s Radio News Network

Pink Ribbon Culture and Breast Cancer The Kojo Nnamdi Show

The Big Business of Breast Cancer
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Does Breast Cancer Awareness Month Crowd Out Other Diseases? Slate

Pink Inc. Has Many Starting to See Red The Sacramento Bee

Get Your Pink Off Ottawa Citizen

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