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Women, Gender & Sexuality

Women, Gender & Sexuality


July 21, 2008

Mujeres Migrantes Italianas

Laura E. Ruberto
Exhibit Poster, "Mirades de luz" (Argentina)

An exhibit in Argentina highlights the role Italian immigrant women in Buenos Aires played in the development of Argentina’s past and present.

July 7, 2008

Westward the Women

Laura E. Ruberto
Italian Film Poster for the U.S. film "Westward the Women" (1951)

What Frank Capra and an obscure William Wellman western might tell us about Italian American women.

March 8, 2008

Bread and Roses or “Mimose”?

Laura E. Ruberto
"Per te mondina" (Cgil magazine)
1949 Strike (braccianti and mondine)

Where has over 100 years of honoring women gotten us?

April 12, 2008

A Gramscian Podcast on Women Workers and Migration

Laura E. Ruberto
photo, Anna Collette
Book cover, "Gramsci, Migration, and the Representation of Women's Work in Italy and the U.S."

Podcasting on Gramsci, immigrant women, labor, and the history of San Diego's cannery workers.


Click to listen

April 1, 2008

Hillary Clinton, the Italian Stallion

Laura E. Ruberto
Hillary Clinton adopts the Rocky theme song

Hillary Clinton adopts the Rocky theme song, making her a "sparrin' partner" to Barack Obama.

February 16, 2008

Cinema Piemonte on the Streets of San Francisco

Laura E. Ruberto
"Riso amaro"

"Riso amaro" is screening in San Francisco soon, leading me to post about one of my favorite films.

June 18, 2009

La Ruota della Fortuna, Niki de Sainte Phalle's take on an Italian Garden

Laura E. Ruberto
Laura E. Ruberto
Il Giardino dei Tarocchi

Looking at the undercurrents of Italian migrant identity in Niki de Sainte Phalle’s Giardino dei Tarocchi.

December 24, 2009

Radical Italian American Christmas Cards

Laura E. Ruberto
Laura E. Ruberto
Mock-up for a Radical Italian American Christmas Card Set, the "Holiday Modotti"

Thinking about next year’s holiday cards, I turn to the leftist artists, Tina Modotti and Pietro di Donato.

January 14, 2010

On Guidos, Gramsci, and Irony Deficiency

Laura E. Ruberto
"Pasquino," by Nicolas Beatrizet (engraving,1550)

Why Italian Americans need to take action, a Pasquinian response to some recent debates.

March 8, 2010

Re-reading Diane Di Prima, in Honor of International Women's Day

Laura E. Ruberto
Cover of Diane Di Prima's "Memoirs of a Beatnik" (first published in 1969)

San Francisco’s Current Poet Laureate, Diane Di Prima, moves Italian American Identity Above, Below, and Beyond.

April 4, 2009

Italian American Romance in the Era Before Roe v. Wade

Laura E. Ruberto
"Love with the Proper Stranger" 1963

The 1963 film Love with the Proper Stranger dealt with the limited choices faced by an Italian American woman a decade before abortion was legalized in the U.S.

August 18, 2008

Breastfeeding Breasts!

Laura E. Ruberto
Tina Modotti
"Baby Nursing" (1926)

In honor of my two young children and World Breastfeeding Month, a few thoughts on the work of women’s breasts.

May 16, 2009

Remembering Maria Margotti (1915-1949)

Laura E. Ruberto
"Per te mondina" (Cgil-funded pamphlet)
Eulogy for Maria Margotti, fallen mondina, May 17, 1949

A rice worker, a partisan, a woman, a mother, Maria Margotti was killed sixty years ago by carabinieri during a strike on May 17, 1949.