Welcome to the Companion Website

This site is intended to enhance your use of The Kaleidoscope of Gender by Joan Z. Spade and Catherine G. Valentine. The materials on this site are geared toward increasing your effectiveness with this material and maximizing the potential for your students to learn.

Accessible, timely, and stimulating, this provocative anthology provides comprehensive discussion and analysis of the critical theories, research findings, and applications in gender studies. The metaphor of a kaleidoscope and three themes—prisms, patterns, and possibilities—unify topic areas throughout the book. Focusing on contemporary contributions to gender studies while incorporating frameworks and findings from the classical foundations of the field, this collection of creative and challenging articles by top scholars and activists—twenty new to this edition—explains how the complex, evolving patterns of gender are created and changed by people as they interact at individual, group, and institutional levels of life.


We gratefully acknowledge Joan Z. Spade and Catherine G. Valentine for writing an excellent text and for reviewing the assets on this site. Special thanks are also due to Michelle E. Deming of University of South Carolina and Kathryn Feltey of University of Akron for creating the ancillaries on this site.