Jax J. Gonzalez and Stephanie Robinson have been working in conjunction with each other on menstrual activism since 2011. Stephanie presented her research on menstrual activism at the Moral Panics of Sexuality conference held at Arizona State University in October 2011; and both Jax and Stephanie presented a poster on menstrual activism at the National Women’s Studies Association Conference held in Oakland, CA in November of 2012. Jax and Stephanie have been cultivating ideas with other feminist research groups at their institution (Arizona State University) and Jaqueline’s current university, University of Colorado, Boulder; and Jax has worked with the community to develop gender inclusive comprehensive sex education that includes a thorough explanation and education of alternative menstrual products, reproductive systems and contraceptive options. Jax and Stephanie are co-founders the Menstrual Activist Research Collective, M.A.R.C.
Jax J. Gonzalez MA received their Masters Degree in Sociology and Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies in 2015 from Brandeis University. They are a current graduate student at University of Colorado Boulder pursuing a PhD degree in Sociology and Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies. Their undergraduate thesis focused on elementary health education, and how neo-liberal politics have affected educator’s ability to teach the subject successfully. Their graduate research explores how educators navigate teaching the taboo in public schools, and how to develop gender inclusive language . When Jax is not working on research, they are a teaching fellow and gets to work with incoming undergraduates in a variety of disciplines.
Stephanie Robinson-Cestero is a student at Arizona State University majoring in psychology and minoring in women and gender studies. Also an activist in M.A.R.C, Stephanie is also a second year researcher in Dr. Breanne Fahs Feminist Research Group on Sexuality. Her research interests include: menstrual activism, alternative menstrual products, women’s experiences with sexual commerce, body politics (particularly vaginal rejuvenation surgeries), and feminist mothering. Together with Jax Gonzalez, she has created a series of workshops for faculty, students, and activists about how to promote alternative menstrual products and new menstrual narratives. She is currently collaborating on a project on menstrual shame. She plans to pursue graduate study in women and gender studies in 2014.
Dr. Breanne Fahs is the director and founder of the Feminist Research Group on Gender and Sexuality (FROGS) and is currently an associate professor of women and gender studies at Arizona State University. Her work focuses on women’s sexuality and sexual subjectivities, radical feminist histories, critical body studies, and political activism. She has published dozens of articles on these topics as well as three books: Peforming Sex (2011, SUNY Press), Valerie Solanas (forthcoming, Feminist Press), and The Moral Panics of Sexuality (Forthcoming, Palgrave). If you are interested in collaborating with our research group, or contacting our group for other purposes, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.