The Cambridge Feminist Book Club Blog


A reading group for anybody who loves to read and identifies as feminist (or even suspects).


Women’s and Gender Studies in collaboration with Sexual Assault Awareness Week @ MIT present,



Tuesday, April 27, 2010



A young woman is raped when a one-night stand far from home goes terribly wrong. In the aftermath, as she struggles to make sense of what happened, she decides to make a film about the relationship between her own experience and the tangle of political, legal, and cultural questions that surround issues of sex and consent. Using a hidden camera, filmmaker Nancy Schwartzman goes head-to-head with the man who assaulted her, recording their conversation in an attempt to move through the trauma of her experience and achieve a better understanding of the sometimes ambiguous line between consent and coercion. The result is a powerful documentary about the terrible personal reality of rape and sexual violence — and the more complicated and ambivalent ways sexual assault is often framed and understood in the wider culture.

Film duration: 24 minutes

Discussion with director Nancy Schwartzman to follow

*Film will be screened with English subtitles*

*ASL interpreters will be present*

*Wheel chair accessibility available through the Infinite Corridor in building 8 or through the ramp at building 14.*

Filed under: Events

Love parties and hate that pesky violence against women thing? Here’s your event!

The End Violence Against Women Program is a fantastic resource.

Below is info about Tuesday’s event:



Are YOU interested in meeting others who care about violence against women?

Do YOU want to connect with local leaders who are making a difference?

Then we want YOU!

When: March 30, 2010 7-9pm

Location: TBA

(check link to calendar of events)

Refreshments provided

Open to: MIT Community Members and Friends

Co-Sponsored by: The End Violence Against Women Program and the Office of the Dean of Graduate Education (ODGE)The Technology and Culture Forum at MIT presents this year’s series of events on Violence Against Women

Filed under: Events, , , , , , , , , ,

Big News!

The book club and reading group will now meet online. There will be more specific information in the next few months but I’m excited about this development because we can now connect to so many more people and resources.

Thank you to those who have trudged through snow, rain and spent gorgeous summer and spring nights at our in-person meetings.


Filed under: Meetings

Valentine’s Day Vigil Raises Domestic Violence Awareness

Coverage of VDay Vigil via

(Special thanks to S.Q. for help with equipment for night-time photography, which I had never done before Friday night.)

Filed under: Events, VDay Vigil 2010, , ,

Tonight at 5PM: Valentine’s Day Vigil in Solidarity with Victims and Survivors of Domestic Violence at Arlington St. Church, Boston

From the press release:

Join us for a vigil in solidarity with victims and survivors of domestic violence and show your support by handing out Valentines with messages of hope.

5:00 pm Friday, February 12,
on the steps of Arlington Street Church 351 Boylston Street
(corner of Boylston St. and Arlington St.)

Additional info here at VDay Vigil:

“…spread the word that love shouldn’t hurt and that REAL lovers don’t abuse. This is an especially important reminder on the weekend of Valentine’s Day, a day dedicated to the celebration of love.

Renewal House organized this Valentine’s Day Vigil in response to the alarming surge in domestic violence homicides in Massachusetts in 2010 — nine in total so far. We felt compelled to reach out to the community to raise awareness and send a positive message of hope. Unfortunately, we cannot save those who have already lost their lives, but we can reach out and offer support and resources to those still suffering in silence in violent or abusive relationships.”

Hope you can make it, but if not the above links can show you how you can continue to spread the word.

I can’t emphasize it enough: people who care about you do not abuse you. Abusers aren’t just those who physically attack their partners, they can exact emotional damage without ever laying a hand on you or calling you a bad name. If you are in a relationship and constantly feel as if you are “walking on eggshells,” then it’s quite possible you are being abused.

Filed under: Events, Related reading, VDay Vigil 2010, , , , , , , , , , ,

The Heretics: a documentary about Heresies magazine, at ICA…

This was the first feminist magazine I read about women and art.

via ICA Home | The Heretics.

The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) presents the Boston premiere of THE HERETICS an experimental documentary by Joan Braderman which charts the history of a 1970’s NYC feminist art collective from the inside.

Thursday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. (followed by a Q & A with Braderman) and Sunday, Feb. 14 at 3:30 p.m. Tickets $8-$10 at (617) 478-3103 or

About the film: Directed by world-renowned video artist Joan Braderman, THE HERETICS chronicles the twenty-year span of feminist art magazine HERESIES. Filmed across the globe, THE HERETICS features interviews and artwork of the artists who grew Heresies into a feminist forum for revolution. Such luminaries as Alice Walker, Adrienne Rich, and Barbara Kruger got their starts in the magazine that spawned ground-breaking photography, poetry, art and ideas.

About the director: Joan Braderman is an award-winning video artist and filmmaker whose work is in such permanent collections as MoMA and the Georges Pompidou Center in Paris. Her films and videos have been shown in film festivals around the world including: the Whitney Biennial, the Edinburgh Film Festival, VIDEO VISIONS in the New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center, and the British Film Theater in London. Braderman took an extended leave from teaching at Hampshire College, in Amherst, Mass. as Professor of Film and Video — to make this film.

Filed under: Events, , , , , , , ,

What a feminist looks like: Howard Zinn 1922-2010

Zinn inspired me in many ways, and one of them was to learn more about feminism. There will be much written about him in the next few days, here’s a starter.

Filed under: Events, , , ,

Meeting this Wednesday at 7pm

Here’s all the info you’ll need.

See you there!

Filed under: Books of the month, Meetings, , , , , , , , ,

Reflections on Mary Daly 1928-2010

via the Women’s Media Center.


It was Mary Daly’s request that people who wish to remember her gather in their home communities to read and discuss her work. For more information, and to post a remembrance, visit this site.

Filed under: Events, Related reading, ,

The Margaret Fuller Bicentennial Celebration! Two events:

Margaret Fuller Bicentennial Celebration

Preview Reception

January 13, 2010 from 2:00 – 3:30 PM

Follen Church

755 Massachusetts Avenue

Lexington, MA

Meet others interested in the life and writings of Margaret Fuller and learn
more about bicentennial events planned to celebrate her life.

If you have a favorite Fuller quote bring it along to share.



Margaret Fuller Bicentennial Celebration

Opening Reception

Margaret Fuller: Woman of the Nineteenth Century

January 21, 2010 beginning at 5:30 PM

Harvard University’s Houghton Library, Cambridge, MA

Edison Newman Room

Margaret Fuller was the first woman granted access to Harvard’s library when
she did research for her book, *Summer on the Lakes*.

This exhibit honors Fuller’s literary accomplishments.

For more information about the Margaret Fuller Bicentennial Celebration

Filed under: Events, The Margaret Fuller Bicentennial Celebration: Jan. 13th & 21st, , , , , , ,