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Program Co-Directors

Professor Sharlene Hesse-Biber

Office: McGuinn 419
Phone: 617-552-4139



Professor Lisa Cuklanz

Office: St. Mary's Hall South Room S477
Phone: 617-552-8894


Contact Women's and Gender Studies

Graduate Assistants: 

Andrew Yarrows and Jessica Stevens

Carney 270 and 271


Recent WGS Events

Gail Dines Speaks at Boston College

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"Navigating Sexual Identity & Body Image in a Digitized Porn Culture"

Write-Up by Haley Holmes, Class of 2019, WGS Undergraduate Assistant

Dr. Gail Dines, Professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies at Wheelock College, graced the Boston College campus with her vibrant presence on Monday, October 17th. Her talk, entitled “Navigating Sexual Identity & Body Image in a Digitized Porn Culture,” was based off of her book, Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality. Dr. Dines was funny, witty, and engaging, which created a refreshing environment around a topic that audience members could initially view as taboo.

In just over an hour, Dr. Dines covered the “glaring whiteness” of women in media, the porn culture, health effects of pornography, the future of the porn industry, and much more. She described some of the downfalls of pornography, including that it is accessible to everyone, even adolescents and children. Dr. Dines stated that children as young as 11 years old are being taught unhealthy misconceptions about sex, and this can negatively affect their relationships. While Dr. Dines discussed the power of the porn industry, she made it clear that there is still much work to be done. Her own program called Culture Reframed is working to address some of the negative consequences of pornography, viewing it as a public health crisis of the digital age.

The Women’s and Gender Studies Program would like to thank all attendees and, of course, Dr. Gail Dines for giving an incredible presentation. Look out for more speakers coming to BC in our newsletters!    

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Women's and Gender Studies Seniors: Janet Wilson Award

Every spring a graduating senior is granted an award for distinguished scholarship in Women's and Gender Studies. To be considered for the Janet Wilson James Award, submit the following to

  • A piece of scholarly writing on any gender issue.  This piece can be an empirical paper, theoretical paper, or senior honor's thesis - 20 pages or less.
  • A brief letter communicating your involvement with women's issues during your college career.

The recipient of the Janet Wilson James Award will be announced at a commencement Award Ceremony at the end of the semester.