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Gender SEAMS Research Team

Gender SEAMS Research Projects

Navigating Desire: Romance and Body Image among First Year College Women

  • Samantha Christopher, Kirsten Dalquist, Kelly Chroback, Kimberly Gambell, Cynthia Torres-Sesmas, Davina Nguyen, Katy Sill, Ally Moreno, Benjamin Finlayson, John Purcell, and Elizabeth Sharp

An alarmingly high number of college women experience disordered eating (DE) [defined as: problematic thoughts (e.g., distorted body image) and behaviors (e.g., calorie restriction, purging) but less frequent and/or less severe than clinical diagnosis]. DE has been associated with distorted body image, low self-esteem , emotional distress and other nutritional and physiological complications (Krentz, Chew, & Arthur, 2005). Expressed problems are pronounced for women transitioning to college. In this paper, we draw our research using focus groups with at total 42 first-year women, examining the interplay of romance, body image and use of space among Black, Latina, and White first year women on a large college campus.


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The GenderSEAMs team has constructed multiple presentations that can be used as a tool for learning in your classroom or student organizations. Our aim is to spread and intersectional feminist message, while also making our information useful, and accessible. The presentations available encompass the following topics:

  1. Sexual assault on college campuses
  2. Hegemonic masculinity
  3. First Year women on college campuses