Dissenting Voices is a student engineered eJournal collaboratively designed, authored, and published by undergraduate Women and Gender Studies majors in connection with their Women and Gender Studies Senior Seminar at the College at Brockport. Dissenting Voices grows out of a course learning structure through which Women and Gender Studies students could reflect upon their undergraduate experience in the discipline, and through engagement, activism, and synthesis of acquired knowledge, establish a theoretical foundation to inform future feminist practices. Course readings comprised students’ discipline-specific interests, enabling an intellectual forum in which majors dialogued on a women and gender focused topic. This work culminated in a meaningful capstone project grounded in contemporary and emerging feminist scholarship. Journal topics span issues organic to college campuses and surrounding communities. In broader strokes, they call into question contested gender equity measures overlaying home and nation. Dissenting Voices preserves the authenticity of student voice, sanctioning a wide range of ability and talent as engendered within students’ senior seminar coursework.

Current Issue: Volume 5, Issue 1 (2016)

Note from the Editor

. . . Dissenting Voices volume five showcases five diverse authors who employ traditional essay format to analyze an array of topics important to the Women and Gender Studies discipline. Opening the volume is a remarkable essay that uses a queer lens to examine ways concepts of female masculinity and male privilege operate in lesbian identity and lesbian relationships. A well-timed critique of cyberbullying in feminist spaces follows, where the author interrogates ways performance of gender norms exacerbates cyberbullying and cyber victimization among women and girls. Centering the volume is an important reading of women and the Black Lives Matter movement where the author considers the significance of past and present Black feminist activism. Bookending the volume is a reflective essay that examines the exclusion of women in the medical field, closing with a powerful writing on body autonomy during pregnancy where the author argues that market and government commodification of reproduction are increasingly stripping women of personhood rights......(Read more below).

All Voices


Dissenting Voices Volume 5 Issue 1 (Spring 2016) Complete Issue
Women and Gender Studies Senior Seminar at The College at Brockport

Opening Voices


Our Voices (DV5)
Ronieka Burns, Brooke E. Love, Christina Mahagan, Natalia Manhertz, and Brooke A. Ophardt

More Voices


WMS 421 Spring 2016 Activism Photo Essay
Women and Gender Studies Senior Seminar at The College at Brockport

DV5 Photos by Leslie Hannon, lelhannon@gmail.com


Executive Editor
Barbara LeSavoy, PhD, The College at Brockport
Managing Editor
Patricia E. Maxwell, MLS, The College at Brockport
Editorial Board
Tristan Bridges, PhD, The College at Brockport
Barbara Mitrano, EdD, The College at Brockport
Megan Obourn, PhD, The College at Brockport

Issue Note

Cover photos by:
Leslie Hannon,