The full text of Senior Independent Study Theses submitted during and after 2012 are available to download only by College of Wooster users. Unless listed as an exemplar, all other theses are restricted.

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Senior Independent Study Theses from 2016

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All The Help We Can Get:The Effects of Mentoring on Women's Career Success in the American Political Arena, Emily Dean-McKinney
Department: Political Science; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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The Happiness Regime: A Feminist Critique of Positive Psychology, Sarah R. Freeman
Department: Psychology; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Quantifying Identity: What a Study On Food Insecurity in the LGB Community Tells Us About Choice, Intersectionality, and the Construction of Knowledge, Emily C. Hrovat
Department: Economics; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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American Apparel: Queer People of Color Aesthetics and Professionalism, Jackson Tribbet
Department: Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2015

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Once Upon the Fifteenth Year: An Exploration of Identity Formation Within the Cultural Practice of Quinceañeras in Contemporary Nicaragua, Ashley Melissa Chavez-White
Department: Sociology and Anthropology; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Organizing on the Margins: The National Domestic Workers Union of America and the Development of Intersectional Labor Activism in the 1970s, Shannon Dade
Department: History; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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The Body Never Left Us: Theorizing Asexuality, Embedding Agency, and Unsettling Woman of Color Materialist Realism, Scott M. McLellan
Department: Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Beer, Muscles, and Show Tunes?: Gender Policing and Adherence to Hegemonic Masculinity among College-aged Men, Ashley E. Parry
Department: Sociology and Anthropology; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2014

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Sight May Leave You Blind to Beauty, Edith M. Anderson
Department: Sociology and Anthropology; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Women Undeterred: A Comparative Study of How Lesbian & Heterosexual Young Professional Women Perceive Motherhood, Gina M. Christo
Department: Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Incubators, Battles, or Affirmation? A Feminist Exploration of Evangelical Purity Literature, Anastasia M. Jaeb
Department: Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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"What's Race Got To Do With It?" A Feminist Analysis of Anti-Rape Discourse from Susan Brownmiller and Angela Davis to the Modern Feminist Blogosphere, Angela M. Neely
Department: History; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Normalizing Abnormality: An Exploration of Social Forces Driving Gendered Disparity in Rates of Anxiety Disorder Diagnoses, Sara Tebeau
Department: Sociology and Anthropology; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2013

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Pray the Gay Away: An Examination of Masculinity in the Ex-Gay Movement, Christina Bowerman
Department: Religious Studies; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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A Dress is Not a Yes: A Feminist and Sociological Analysis of Slutwalk as a Response to the Politics of Victimization - A Longitudinal Analysis of the Population of Grand Forks, North Datoka Since the 1997 Red River Flood, Kelsey Jandrey
Department: Sociology and Anthropology; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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The Glitter Bath: a Feminist Study of Race, Class, and Gender in Five Disney Classic Animated Feature Films, Heather Kirk
Department: Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Making Fun of the World and Observing It: An Examination of Viewers' Interactions With Comedy About Gender and Masculinity in the Apatow Company's Films, Alexandra Muto
Department: Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Women Bleed. Period: An Exploration of Feminine Hygiene Companies' Print and Commercial Advertisments, Charlotte Shapiro
Department: Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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M to F to Endangered: the Violent Consequences of Breaking the Gender Binary, Elizabeth Worrall
Department: Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2012

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Welcome to Whose Life Is It, Anyway! Where Gender Is Made Up and Genitals Don't Matter: An Examinition of Ideas of Masculinity and Femininity By People Across the Gender Spectrum, Sarah Hunt
Department: Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2011

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Shaken But Never Stirred: a Historical Analysis of American Masculinity Through the James Bond Films., Ethan Arenstein
Department: History; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Sharing Food From the Master's Table: Working Towards Feminist Solidarity Through Bible Study, Abigail Heimach
Department: Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Religious Studies

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Blood, Spit, and Tears: Art As a Model For Feminist Theory and Dialogue, Zoe Van Dyke
Department: Art and Art History; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Young Bodies on Display: a Feminist Exploration of the Photographic Series and Surrounding Controversies of Sally Mann and Tierney Gearon, Marnie Zoldessy
Department: Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2010

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Going Rogue: An Ethnographic Study of the Social Networks and Social Behaviors of Aging Women in the Red Hat Society, Victoria N. Early
Department: Sociology and Anthropology; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Re-Heading the Headless Fatty: a Look at Fat Feminism in Blogs, Alison Peters
Department: Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2009

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From Women's Mouths: Eating Disorders Are Feminist Issues, Lindsay E. Galan
Department: French and Francophone Studies; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Knitters For Equality: An Exploration of the Issues of Femininity, Masculinity and Gender Roles in Knitting Communities, Emily Neumann
Department: Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Sociology and Anthropology

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2008

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An Education in Possibilities Rather Than Consequences: The Sex Ed Wars, Roza Anthony
Department: Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2007

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Business of Brides: the History of the White Wedding in America, Elizabeth Marie Sorice
Department: Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Theses/Dissertations from 2006

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Disentangle: Rethreading Feminism through the Creation of a Magazine, Mary Kate Hageman

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"A Word of Hope and Good News and Comfort, as Well As Challenge:" Reconciling Justice and Care in Women's Ministry, Emma Hayes
Department: Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Slut Alphabet: A Feminist Dictionary of Sex & Agency, Kory Sutherland

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2005

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Leading the Way: An Analysis of Leadership and Gender, Lane E. Green
Department: Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Discover the Oyster: Gendered Foodways in the United States, Sarah Michele Johanson

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Discover the Oyster: Gendered Foodways in the United States, Sarah Michele Johanson
Department: Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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"The Story of Our Lives Becomes Our Lives:" Lesbian Readers and the Construction of a Lesbian Self Through Textual Experience, Sheila Liming
Department: Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; English

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Sacrificing Self: the Loss of the Individual in Identity-Based Groups, Amy Pelak
Department: Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Reconstruction of Self Through Narrative: An Exploration of Who I Was, Who I Am, and Who I Will Be?, Elizabeth Ann Roesch
Department: Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Theses/Dissertations from 2004

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Justice for Whom? A Feminist Inquiry into Rape, Stacia Lucille Kock

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"Jamming with the Boys": A Look at Women and Gender in Bluegrass Music, Christine Alkire Smedley

Theses/Dissertations from 2003

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"Every Soul is to be Cherished, Every Flower is to Bloom": Women's Studies as an Inviting Environment to Women of Color, Lauren Adelle Bailey

Theses/Dissertations from 2002

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Waterbirth: A Feminist Alternative to Patriarchal Childbirth, Laura J. Fritzsche

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Artist Couples in the Early Twentieth Century: An In-depth Look at Effects of Significant Others in the Careers of Women Artists, Margaret Maus Hazlett

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A Feminist Analysis of Women's Low Representation in Physics: Scientific "Objectivity," Contextual Bias, and Barriers to Women's Inclusion, Michelle Anna Waugh

Theses/Dissertations from 2001

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Junior High Girls' Experience with Sexual Harassment, Talley Burk Clyde

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Rewriting Rosa Sandoval: An Exploration of the Education of Latina High School Students, Mary Elizabeth Reynolds

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A Feminist Perspective of Normalizing Pressures: An Exploration of Women's Obsession with Weight, Natalie Christinia Roseann Slangen

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The Actualization of Equality: Introduction to the Study of Masculinity, Katherine E. Smanik

Theses/Dissertations from 2000

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Holocaust, Horror, Incest, and Prostitution: Reading Between the Lines for a New Vision of Lesbians in Film, Jana Lynn Genzen

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Women in the United States Armed Forces: Soldiers of Convenience, Katherine A. H. Smith

Theses/Dissertations from 1999

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Ya-Ya Mamas and Women Warriors, Kristen Demaline

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Canonized Sexuality? Exploring Women's Sexuality within the Context of the Song of Songs, Elizabeth L. Feroe

Theses/Dissertations from 1998

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Women Sleuths: Identifying a New and Empowering Female Protagonist, Dawn Michelle Carpenter

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Giving a Voice to the Voiceless: The Forgotten Victims of Prostitution and Rape during World War II and the Vietnam War, Eliza M. Gerlach

Theses/Dissertations from 1997

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Reflecting the Sacred: Connections between Self-Image and Image of God, Laurie Anne Fields

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Feminist Imperialism: Alice Walker and Female Circumcision, Caroline Guyer Gray

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Redefining Woman: Images of Motherhood and Attitudes towards Abortion, Carrie A. Sergi

Theses/Dissertations from 1996

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Finding a Voice in Middle School Classrooms: An Exploration of the Influences of Teachers and Peers on Adolescent Girls, Leah Margaretha Hergott

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Mata Hari Escort, Jennifer Lazor

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A Foundation of Voices, Margaret Marian Teale

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Making Connections: How Myths and Misconceptions of Family Violence affect the Languages used by Police Officers, Social Workers, and Members of the Legal System, Carrie Young

Theses/Dissertations from 1994

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The Dynamics of Gender and Culture: A Close Look into the Experiences of South Asian Men and Women at The College of Wooster, Elora Chowdhury

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Dis/articulating the Contours of a Gendered Body: A Feminist Re(s)saying of S/Tex(t)ual Borders, Darren Douglas Floyd

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Pain, Power, the Body, and Feminism in the Works of Leon Golub and Nancy Spero, Elizabeth Ann Mower

Theses/Dissertations from 1993

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Catalogue and Reference Guide to "The Josephine Long Wishart Collection: Mother, Home, and Heaven", Cara Gilgenbach

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An Exploration of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Studies: Bridging Theory and Praxis, Jason T. Gleason

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Coming Together: Helping Men Understand Women at the College of Wooster, Heidi M. Miller

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The Politics of Infertility and the "New" Reproductive Technologies: An Interactive Feminist Critique Addressing the Ethics of Contemporary Surrogate Motherhood, Jennifer Lynn Read

Theses/Dissertations from 1992

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Women, Birth Control and Reproductive Freedom, Erica Immenschuh

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Rolled into many: Toward Cross-Cultural and Feminist Understandings of African-American Women's Experiences in the Novels of Gloria Naylor, Mary Elizabeth Lucal

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Rolled into many: Toward Cross-Cultural and Feminist Understandings of African-American Women's Experiences in the Novels of Gloria Naylor, Mary Elizabeth Lucal

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(Not) Just Another Love Story: Lesbian Sexuality in Mainstream and Experimental Cinema, Kathryn V.A. Roumel

Theses/Dissertations from 1991

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The Women's Resource Center: Organizing for Education, Organizing for Change, Deborah Anne McGarvey

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Building Bridges between Theorists, Activists, and Service Providers: An Analysis of the Domestic Violence Movement in the United States, Heather Murphy

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A Construction of Women's Sexuality: Theory, Experience, and Imagination, Gretchen Louise Sack

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Late-Medieval Jewish Women and Patriarchy, Bonita L. Weddle

Theses/Dissertations from 1990

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The Daily Experiences and Life Maintenance Skills of Women in Hilter's Death Camps: A Feminist Exploration, Sharon A. Coursey

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Making the Connexions: Grounding the Concept of Global Feminism in a Critique of Western Feminist Thought, Karen K. Gillies

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Women Who Write: Motivations, Fears, and Achievement, Samantha Elise Langley

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Constructing Reader-Response Theory: Gender, Ideology, and Context, Maggie Redic

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Feministopias: Linguistic Revolution as the Key to Social Change, William Van Cleave

Theses/Dissertations from 1989

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Nursing as a Mirror Reflection of Women: A Crisis Situation, Robert S. Abernethy IV

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Transforming the Secondary School Curriculum: High School Women's Studies, Faye Miller

Theses/Dissertations from 1988

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A Woman-Centered Care Reclaimed, Mary K. Hueske