Ruth Mazo Karras

Ruth Mazo Karras

Ask a Professor offers an insider’s view of life in academia. Up this month: Ruth Mazo Karmas, Professor of History at the University of Minnesota.
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Happy Mother’s Day: Kids’ Screen Time is a Feminist Issue

Portable electronics like smartphones and tablets are indispensable tools for mothers and caregivers. Why do we shame them for allowing kids screen time?
Left: Laura Ingalls Wilder, circa 1885 Right: Rose Wilder Lane, journalist and writer

Politics on the Prairie: Laura Ingalls Wilder and Rose Wilder Lane

A new collection of letters sheds light on the fraught relationship between Laura Ingalls Wilder and her daughter.

Menstrual Literacy

In a recent op-ed in the New York Times, Pagan Kennedy explored the history of menstrual products. JSTOR scholarship offers further insights.
The symbol for polyamory

This Side of Paradise: How Christian and Goth Men View Their Sexualities

Christian and Goth men both transgress typical notions of masculine sexuality, but how they go about it differ greatly. 
Louis Prang Christmas

Christmas, Inc.: A Brief History of the Holiday Card

Americans still purchase approximately 1.6 billion holiday cards a year. What about this old-fashioned tradition appeals to so many?
Bill Cosby sitting across from Lisa Bonet

Not Quite Right: The Father Daughter Dynamic in the Cosby Show

The father daughter dynamic in Cosby's show reveals how enmeshed we are in rape and misogynistic culture.

Money and Power at Strip Clubs

A new viewpoint on who holds the money and power in strip clubs.

Reproductive Technology, Motherhood, and Feminism

Would advanced reproductive technology advance professional opportunities for women? Early feminist thinkers debate.