Mardi Gras Women


When people think of women and Mardi Gras, they probably imagine bare breasts and beads -- but that's certainly not the extent of women's participation in the Fat Tuesday fest. Cristen and Caroline laissez les podcast bon temps rouler in this parade of gender, race and class at Mardi Gras.

Episode sources:

"How Mardi Gras Works" by Jacob Silverman. HowStuffWorks. http://www.howstuffworks.com/culture-traditions/holidays/mardi-gras.htm

"History of Mardi Gras" by Arthur Hardy. New Orleans Online. http://www.neworleansonline.com/neworleans/mardigras/mardigrashistory/mghistory.html

"History of Mardi Gras." History. http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/mardi-gras

"Mardi Gras Sisterhood" by David Winkler-Schmidt. The Gambit. Feb. 13, 2007. http://www.bestofneworleans.com/gambit/mardi-gras-sisterhood/Content?oid=1247172

"The Baby Dolls -- Breaking the Race and Gender Barriers of the New Orleans Mardi Gras Tradition" by Kim Marie Vez. 2013. Louisiana State University Press. http://books.google.com/books/about/The_Baby_Dolls.html?id=RQKCMAEACAAJ

"The Barrier-Breaking Baby Dolls of Mardi Gras" by Kim Marie Vez. Feb. 12, 2013. Ms. http://msmagazine.com/blog/2013/02/12/the-barrier-breaking-baby-dolls-of-mardi-gras/

"Krewe of Muses." Performing Gender at Mardi Gras -- A Postmodern Feminist Ethnographic Analysis of the Krewe of Muses. http://brayhammardigrasthesisproposal.weebly.com/krewe-of-muses.html

"Bitter Mardi Gras debate of race, class evolves 20 years later into a diverse celebration" by Bruce Nolan. Feb. 12, 2012. The New Orleans Times-Picayune. http://www.nola.com/mardigras/index.ssf/2012/02/mardi_gras_debate_of_race_clas.html

"Flambeaux -- The Times-Picayune covers 175 years of New Orleans history" by Sheila Stroup. Feb. 02, 2012. The New Orleans Times-Picayune. http://www.nola.com/175years/index.ssf/2012/02/flambeaux_the_times-picayune_c.html

Academic Insights:

"Ritual Disrobement at Mardi Gras -- Ceremonial Exchange and Moral Order" by Wesley Shrum and John Kilburn. 1996. Social Forces. http://sf.oxfordjournals.org/content/75/2/423.short

"New Orleans Mardi Gras and Gender in Three Krewes -- Rex, The Truck Parades, and Muses" by Robin Roberts. 2006. Western Folklore. http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/25474792?uid=3739616&uid=2129&uid=2&uid=70&uid=4&uid=3739256&sid=21103576151087

Topics in this Podcast: gender, breasts, race, celebrations