Prof. Laura Cayen
Part-time Professor of Women's Studies
- BA University of Windsor
- MA Western University
- PHD Western University
I have taught Introduction to Women’s Studies at King’s for the past two years, and for the past three years at Western. We take an intersectional approach to feminist issues, and use contemporary examples from news media and pop culture as points of discussion. In the classroom, I make room for students to reflect on the relationship between our course readings and their own personal experiences without ever making someone obligated to discuss or disclose those experiences. I find students at King’s are always ready to put their critical thinking into action, and often propose energized solutions for dismantling the white supremacist, capitalist, hetero-patriarchy!
Looking for thoughtful, inclusive discussions about feminism in a Canadian context? These are two of my favourite magazines:
- Herizons Magazine for “women’s news and feminist views” at http://www.herizons.ca/
- Shameless Magazine, “an independent Canadian voice for smart, strong, sassy young women and trans youth” at http://shamelessmag.com/
Cayen, L., Polzer, J., & Knabe, S. (2016). Tween girls, human papillomavirus (HPV) and the deployment of female sexuality in English-speaking Canadian magazines. In Jessica Polzer and Elaine Power (Eds.) Neoliberal Governance and Health: Duties, Risks and Vulnerabilities (pp. 82-107). Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press.