Public Health Striptease: A Feminist Science Reading of Dr. Bodnar’s Ig Nobel Prize-Winning Emergency Bra
Baltimore Under Ground Science Space, Baltimore, MD
Friday, November 15, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (EST)
Well up pops Dr. Clare Jen, a researcher at UMd College Park based at Denisen U, wanting to interview the women at BUGSS in support of her project on “Women, Gender, and Making” (a particularly hot topic) After noticing that her scholarship seeks to connect women’s studies with science and health, I just could not resist asking her to give a talk.
In Dr. Jen’s words: “The Annals of Improbable Research awarded its 2009 Ig Nobel Prize Award in Public Health to Dr. Elena Bodnar for her invention of The Emergency Bra (EBbra)-a brassiere that quickly converts from bra cups into a pair of protective facemasks. Ig Nobel Prizes recognize “achievements that first make people laugh and then make them think.” This paper seriously considers this criteria: In what ways would Bodnar’s EBbra make a (post)feminist audience laugh and then think? This presentation offers close-readings of Bodnar’s Ig Nobel acceptance speech and invention demonstration. With a focus on the cultural politics of “silly sexy nerdy” humor, I ask whether the EBbra enacts a postfeminist sensibility and/or bears feminist possibilities.”
I think there is a fair chance of the unexpected. Yes, this is another free event (sort of. We could really use your donation) away from the ivory towers and other usual suspects. The public is welcome. RSVP
Here’s video of Dr. Bodnar’s acceptance speech: