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Articles by Bryce Peake

Bryce Peake is a PhD Candidate in Media Studies at the University of Oregon. His research focuses on the somatic histories of gender, sound technology, and structural imperialism, applying feminist and postcolonial iterations of practice theory to the field of sound studies. He is currently writing a historical ethnography about colonial masculinity and the emergence of listening as a cultural technology in the British overseas territory of Gibraltar. Bryce is a founding member of the Fembot Collective, and served as the webmistress for Fembot and Ada for the first 5 years of the project’s life.

CFP: Thinking Gender, 2014 (24th annual graduate student research conf)

October 9, 2013 – 1:59 pm |
CFP: Thinking Gender, 2014 (24th annual graduate student research conf)

Thinking Gender is a public conference highlighting graduate student research on women, gender and/or sexuality across all disciplines and historical periods, including future ones. We invite submissions for individual papers or pre-constituted panels on any topic pertaining to women, gender, and/or sexuality. This year, we especially welcome feminist research on: …

Books Aren’t Dead: Katie King, Networked Reenactments

September 2, 2013 – 9:59 am |

In this month’s interview, Jeremiah Favara (PhD Candidate, University of Oregon) interviews Katie King about her book _Networked Reenactments: Stories Transdisciplinary Knowledges Tell_ (Duke University Press)

Unconference Proposals

January 11, 2013 – 11:57 am | 4 Comments
Unconference Proposals

We’re very excited about the upcoming unconference! This post is a place where we are collecting proposals for sessions (in the comment section). You may propose a new session, or, if there is one similar to the session you want to propose, feel free to comment on it and offer …

Naomi Wolf on Torture and Zero Dark Thirty

January 7, 2013 – 8:27 pm |
Naomi Wolf on Torture and Zero Dark Thirty

An amazing response from Naomi Wolf on the fetishization of torture and the exaggeration of its use in Zero Dark Thirty.


November 15, 2012 – 3:48 pm |

Dear Community,
Today, we are happy to announce the launch of Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology. After three years of difficult and exciting conversations, the next stage of Fembot has become a reality. This issue of Ada maps the field of Feminist Media Studies, always nodding to the necessity …

Media #FTW: Halo 4 Exec Prod. Kiki Wolfkill Decries In-game Sexism

November 1, 2012 – 10:51 pm | One Comment

Halo 4 Producers have publicly stated that developers have a responsibility to fully wipe out sexism in online game experiences. Back in the day when Bungie ran the online server, there was an active banhammer used on a**holes of all varieties. After Xbox Live became the medium and controller, though, …

Media #FTW: Gender, Clothes, & Authority

November 1, 2012 – 10:44 pm |

This one can be summed up in one quote:
“Because you can’t run a country if you’re not under 35 and skinny. Also, if you have a vagina?”

Media #Fail: Diaper Dad

November 1, 2012 – 10:40 pm |

It’s about time advertisers started to represent men as being able to change a diaper. Now if they’d only respond as quickly to female consumers’ complaints!

Media #FAIL: Catholicism and gender-race consciousness…

October 26, 2012 – 3:41 pm |

I don’t even know where to begin with this: Mohawk woman loses her parents in a smallpox epidemic — in a region decimated by diseases brought by European colonists and attacks by the French (followed by those Colonialist shock troops — the Jesuits), dies at the age of 24, then …

Media #FTW- Australian Prime Minister PWNs misogynist

October 22, 2012 – 1:43 pm |

After the leader of the opposition in the Australian Parliament provided a lecture on ‘reverse sexism,’ the Prime Minister argued that reverse sexism is not a problem: misogyny and sexism, on the part of the Opposition, is the problem. Prime Minister Gillard’s speech reveals exactly how “reverse sexism” is often used as …

Media #Fail- Homophobic Comics

October 22, 2012 – 1:16 pm |

This really goes beyond the usual homophobia on college campuses and is illustrative of a context in which the penalties for not conforming to heterosexuality are unequivocally violent. Not surprising that it’s the same state that gave us the most repressive anti-immigrant legislation in the south, Arizona Senate Bill 1070. See Karma …

Media #Fail- Girls Only

October 18, 2012 – 6:01 pm |

From the beginning, the Fembot Zine has been intended to provide materials for teaching. In this vein, we’ve come up with two categories: Media Fails and Media Wins. The basic argument behind the latter is to share examples of some pretty massive failures on the part of media when it comes …