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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

GWS Student Spotlight: Kevin Madden

Name: Kevin Madden

Year in school: Senior

Majors and minors: English major with minors in GWS, Spanish, and Honors

Hometown: Sarasota, FL

Favorite place you’ve ever traveled to: Regensburg, Germany

Favorite GWS class: Gender and the World with Travis Foster

Why do you study GWS/why is it important to you? I study GWS because it feels kind of subversive. It challenges me to interrogate the metanarratives I unquestioningly accepted growing up about what it means to be a man, to be gay, to be a feminist. I was surprised by how few of those assumptions actually held true when I applied a bit of pressure to them. Studying GWS has equipped me with the tools to critically engage a world that insists on telling me how to understand my identity, and it has cultivated a deep sense of compassion for others who have been told all their lives that they belong on the social periphery. I don’t think so. Feminism has something to offer everyone, and as I continue to grow through my studies, I understand more and more that having meaningful, unique experiences is our common denominator, the unifying factor. Solidarity through difference, whether those differences are shared or not. I don’t think I could have comprehended that without GWS.

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