Comments on: Right wing minority wields disproportionate influence over the NWHM, and why the NWHM lets them http://www.historiann.com/2014/05/23/right-wing-minority-wields-disproportionate-influence-over-the-nwhm-and-why-the-nwhm-lets-them/ History and sexual politics, 1492 to the present Sat, 20 Sep 2014 06:11:01 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: Jeannie Pfaelzer http://www.historiann.com/2014/05/23/right-wing-minority-wields-disproportionate-influence-over-the-nwhm-and-why-the-nwhm-lets-them/comment-page-1/#comment-2142249 Sat, 31 May 2014 11:55:14 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=22816#comment-2142249 As one of the scholars dismissed by the NWHM (and was at the Berks and the sessions on women’s history/public history) the last conference calls were (again) about diversifying the scholars’ councils and our refusal to participate further until the scholars’ councils were diversified. Our “dismissal” followed that last call.

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By: This Week’s New York History Web Highlights | The New York History Blog http://www.historiann.com/2014/05/23/right-wing-minority-wields-disproportionate-influence-over-the-nwhm-and-why-the-nwhm-lets-them/comment-page-1/#comment-2139213 Fri, 30 May 2014 18:53:44 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=22816#comment-2139213 […] Historiann: Right Wing Minority Rules Women’s History Museum […]

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2014/05/23/right-wing-minority-wields-disproportionate-influence-over-the-nwhm-and-why-the-nwhm-lets-them/comment-page-1/#comment-2138697 Fri, 30 May 2014 16:14:58 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=22816#comment-2138697 Thanks for the insider intel, Stephanie.

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By: Stephanie http://www.historiann.com/2014/05/23/right-wing-minority-wields-disproportionate-influence-over-the-nwhm-and-why-the-nwhm-lets-them/comment-page-1/#comment-2138658 Fri, 30 May 2014 15:57:19 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=22816#comment-2138658 I wasn’t at the Berks so I’m not sure in what context Tenured Radical came to believe that the NWHM scholars were unaware of the group’s homogeneity. However, I was on at least two lo-o-o-ng phone calls with NWHM staff in the weeks before we were summarily dismissed, where the gist of the conversation was entirely centered on the need to diversify the membership of the consulting scholars. We were aware; we tried to correct it; we fussed about other things as well; we were fired.

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By: Tenured Radical http://www.historiann.com/2014/05/23/right-wing-minority-wields-disproportionate-influence-over-the-nwhm-and-why-the-nwhm-lets-them/comment-page-1/#comment-2131526 Thu, 29 May 2014 03:02:50 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=22816#comment-2131526 Good point of clarification about the committee Historiann: this fracas has caused me to wonder whether we actually needed a women’s history museum, or whether the effort should have been greater to do more with gender at the other museums.

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2014/05/23/right-wing-minority-wields-disproportionate-influence-over-the-nwhm-and-why-the-nwhm-lets-them/comment-page-1/#comment-2129706 Wed, 28 May 2014 16:51:16 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=22816#comment-2129706 TR: the NWHM board convened in 2011 featured a few women of color: the late Stephanie Camp, Vicki Ruiz, and Thavolia Glymph, for example, and there may be others on that list that I don’t know. But you are right in the main that women’s history in this respect resembles the wider historical profession in its overwhelming whiteness.

I do not see any evidence that the NWHM sees that as a problem, however, or that left to their own devices, they would create exhibitions or tell stories that center on the experiences of women of color.

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By: Western Dave http://www.historiann.com/2014/05/23/right-wing-minority-wields-disproportionate-influence-over-the-nwhm-and-why-the-nwhm-lets-them/comment-page-1/#comment-2124661 Tue, 27 May 2014 12:31:59 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=22816#comment-2124661 Re: Breasts. I am reminded of the late Hal Rothman’s oral history project on workers in Las Vegas which is under the auspices of UNLV. This was/is an incredibly ambitious, wonderful project. Hal wanted to create an oral history archive that reflected all the experiences of Vegas and not just the triumphalist narrative of city fathers. As part of that work, he and the team did extensive oral history collecting among legal sex workers in Las Vegas: women who worked in strip clubs, show dancers, and so on. Unfortunately Hal became widely known because ESPN dudebro Gregg Easterbrook came up with this:

“TMQ decreed a Hal Rothman Award, which, for a few years, I gave to the man who invented the cleverest legitimate reason to gawk at naked babes, or the woman who invented the cleverest legitimate reason to gawk at shirtless hunks”

Sigh.

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By: Tenured Radical http://www.historiann.com/2014/05/23/right-wing-minority-wields-disproportionate-influence-over-the-nwhm-and-why-the-nwhm-lets-them/comment-page-1/#comment-2121468 Mon, 26 May 2014 19:07:13 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=22816#comment-2121468 Great piece, Historiann: I think you nailed it here. Another big topic of conversation at #Berks2014 was the failure of the recently dismissed board to be alert to how homogenous as they were/are as a group. They are all women I admire, but particularly after returning from such a dynamic, international conference as the Toronto Berks, it does occur to me that as some of us have entered the ranks of the powerful there is sometimes less critical self-reflection than there might be too.

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By: Tom Van Dyke http://www.historiann.com/2014/05/23/right-wing-minority-wields-disproportionate-influence-over-the-nwhm-and-why-the-nwhm-lets-them/comment-page-1/#comment-2118444 Mon, 26 May 2014 01:33:30 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=22816#comment-2118444 “So, American immaturity and prurience is the first reason a tiny minority has the edge. The second reason is that this minority also has the virtue of being correct on an issue about which the NWHM wants to prevaricate or even dissemble. Michele Bachmann, Tom Coburn, Jim DeMint, and the Concerned Women of America understand what the National Women’s History Museum wants to obscure, which is that 1) feminism is in fact a revolutionary movement that 2) has emancipated millions of women. They don’t think that’s worthy of commemoration.”

The above quite gives away the game in both its polemical tone and in its substance.

“Feminism” as used here is anything but a politically neutral term. That the museum would become a temple for a certain worldview and ideology is a near-certainty, and its opponents should be credited at least for their prescience.

Geez. They may be dumb but they’re not stupid.

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By: Janice http://www.historiann.com/2014/05/23/right-wing-minority-wields-disproportionate-influence-over-the-nwhm-and-why-the-nwhm-lets-them/comment-page-1/#comment-2118383 Mon, 26 May 2014 01:07:13 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=22816#comment-2118383 I wonder what topic of American women’s history would pass the NWHM’s litmus test of acceptable academic inquiry when considering bringing a professional historian onboard? My suspicion is anything other than a biography of a stoutly social conservative individual or prospography of the same type would be poison. Bah!

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