Contributor Spotlight: Simone Weil Davis

5 May

Simone Weil Davis, an independent scholar, has the distinction of being one of the easiest-to-Google of Razor Wire Women‘s contributors. This is largely because of her very widely-read, -assigned, and -discussed article “Loose Lips Sink Ships,” which deals with the horrifying cosmetic surgery known as “labiaplasty.” (The procedure involves trimming, and sometimes fattening, vaginal lips that someone somewhere deems “excessively droopy.” I wish to God I were making this up.) “Loose Lips Sink Ships” traces the hidden cultural history behind this rich-world form of genital mutilation with wit and eloquence, making unexpected connections and discoveries along the way. At seventeen citations (for an article published in 2002!), it is already one of the contemporary classics of women’s studies.

Davis also has to her credit the book Living Up to the Ads: Gender Fictions of the 1920s (2000) and stints teaching English, gender studies, and American studies at Mount Holyoke, NYU and Long Island University. She is on the National Steering Committee of the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program, is the daughter of a HUAC non-testifier, and shares two-thirds of a name with one of the century’s great Christian mystics. How can she help being interesting?

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3 Responses to “Contributor Spotlight: Simone Weil Davis”

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  1. Doin’ Time in Canada, Sept. 29-Oct. 2, 2011, by Ashley Lucas « Razor Wire Women - August 31, 2011

    […] of Razor Wire Women‘s contributors, Simone Davis, has been very gracious in inviting me to perform my one-woman play, Doin’ Time: Through the […]

  2. A Prison Is a Prison, Even in Canada: Doin’ Time on Tour; a post by Ashley Lucas « Razor Wire Women - October 13, 2011

    […] of taking my play to Canada for the first time.  One of Razor Wire Women‘s contributors Simone Davis took on the arduous task of scheduling three performances at two universities and a prison in the […]

  3. Simone Davis and Inside-Out in Canada, a post by Ashley Lucas « Razor Wire Women - December 31, 2011

    […] of RWW’s contributors Simone Weil Davis brought the Inside-Out program to Canada, and the Canadian press has recently picked up the […]

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