Is women's studies dead?





Oh, look -- is feminism dead? Again? That's what two British papers would have you think. "Farewell to 'predictable, tiresome and dreary' women's studies," read the U.K. Independent’s headline, while the London Times posed a false dichotomy: "Women's studies is about to disappear as an undergraduate degree in the UK. But is it because it is no longer relevant or because it has done its job by putting the issues in the mainstream?"

Or maybe it's that, in fact, women's studies is actually a fairly young and dynamic discipline, one that has given rise to queer studies, men's studies and gender studies, and that these departments are simply being renamed to reflect the field's widening -- not shrinking -- range.



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