The Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality (CSWGS) at Rice University is pleased to invite contributions to the Rice Feminist Forum. Now more than ever feminist voices are needed to address them. Several times a semester, we will post a prompt for a different topic and ask for contributions from Center faculty affiliates, graduate certificate students, undergraduate majors and Advisory Board members.

Our current topic is: Hearing

In this Rice Feminist Forum, we invite submissions around the topic of “hearing” as the Center sponsors a year-long program on the theme of “Understanding #MeToo,” leading up to a visit to Rice by Anita Hill.

In her 2011 memoir, Speaking Truth to Power, Hill described the 1991 confirmation hearings as “a watershed in American politics, a turning point in the awareness of sexual harassment and a wake-up call for women.” We invite you to draw on your hearings of Hill’s witness to her experience of sexual harassment by Clarence Thomas. Whether memories of the moment or later encounters with it, we want to hear from you and facilitate a conversation now that the nation is confronting overlapping issues in the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings.

The phrase “MeToo” coined was coined by Tarana Burke to interrupt an enforced silence about sexual violence. Leigh Gilmore, who will be delivering the Gray/Wawro lecture on October 23rd, points to “the lack of an available public and feminist discourse through which to make significance of this widespread harm” in her discussion of Hill in her 2016 book Tainted Witness. The Center invites you to join the effort of women and men around the country and the world to remedy this lack.

The first round of submissions should be submitted by October 5th. Submissions will be edited and posted as they come in. We hope to get contributions both from the CSWGS community and beyond. Please send all submissions to We will post all submissions that our moderators deem on topic and appropriate for our audience. We accept submissions on a rolling basis, and will post submissions in groups as they are edited and approved. Please include a title for your piece, and a public domain image that could accompany your blog post.