FEB. 21, 2001

CONTACT: Pat Wright, 661/664-2138, pwright@csub.edu


CSUB hosts Women's Day 2001

California State University, Bakersfield hosts Women's Day 2001 March 1 and 2. "Celebrating the Diversity of Women's Lives" features guest speaker Anne Bolin, professor of anthropology and sociology at Elon College (it will become Elon University in June) in the town of Elon College, N.C., speaking Thursday in the Student Union Multipurpose Room at 7:30 p.m.

Bolin's topic, "The Splendor of Gender: How Gender Varies Cross-culturally," examines sex roles and sexual identity in many cultures, including five major forms of gender variance: hermaphroditic genders; transformed genders, also referred to as two-spirit traditions; alternative or third genders; cross-gendered roles, woman-marriage systems; and ritual cross gendering. The implications of gender variance for understanding the on-going transformation of gender in North America will also be addressed.

Bolin studies sports ethnography and bodybuilding, gender and the body, human sexuality, and gender variance. Her publications include numerous articles and several books, including her award-winning book In Search of Eve: Transsexual Rites of Passage. Most recently, she co-authored an anthropology of human sexuality textbook with Patricia Whelehan, Perspectives on Human Sexuality.

The program continues Friday with a workshop, "Denaturalizing Femininity: Culturing Women's Bodies," at 9:30 a.m. The program will examine feminine ideals of beauty from 1989 to the millennium expressed in bodybuilding, fitness pageants, and fashion magazines.

All events are open to the public free of charge. For more information, contact Jane Granskog at 661/664.3117, e-mail her at jgranskog@csub.edu or check the website at http://www.csub.edu/jgranskog/wd2001.

Women's Day is co-sponsored by Associated Students Inc., CSUB Women's Network, the Women's Studies Program Committee, and the Women's Faculty Network.


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