In Lectures: Shira Tarrant talks about Gender Justice Activism

October 23, 2009 – 12:30pm – 2:30pm

Occidental College (Los Angeles)
1600 Campus Road


Shira Tarrant: Masculinities Week at Occidental College

Shira Tarrant talks about Gender Justice Activism. Tarrant’s discussion concludes a week focusing on critical explorations of masculinity. Other speakers include Jackson Katz, Byron Hurt, Robert Jensen, Jeff Tobin, and Michael Kimmel.

Shira Tarrant Biography

Shira Tarrant is an expert in gender politics, feminism, pop culture, and masculinity. She is the author of When Sex Became Gender (Routledge 2006) and Men and Feminism (Seal Press 2009), editor of the provocative anthology Men Speak Out: Views on Gender, Sex and Power (Routledge 2008), and co-editor of Fashion Talks: Undressing the Power of Style (SUNY Press, forthcoming). Shira Tarrant is currently at work on Hot Topics: Talking About Gender, Sex, and Pop Culture. Her articles and essays have appeared in Bitch, off our backs, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Genre magazine, and The Women’s Movement Today: An Encyclopedia of Third-Wave Feminism, and Fix Me Up: Essays on Television Dating and Makeover Shows (McFarland, forthcoming).

Shira Tarrant is the column editor for “The Man Files” at the popular blog Girl With Pen ( and she is a frequent invited speaker at college campuses and other public venues. An expert on contemporary gender issues, Tarrant has been quoted widely in print, television, radio and online media.

Shira Tarrant grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, and lives in Southern California, where she teaches in the women’s studies department at California State University, Long Beach. She has a PhD in political science from UCLA and fond memories of lounging on the grass in the campus sculpture garden.

To read more about her work, see

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