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Gender and Society: Unit II

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Part 2. feminist struggles in the USA: historical and conceptual landmarks

READINGS

 

Tuesday September 24: Liberal Feminisms

The fight for equal rights

 

Why is there more than one version of Sojourner Truth’s famous 1851, “Ain’t I a Woman” speech?

Explore the work of Leslie Podell, a student at The California College of the Arts in San Francisco, California, who excavated different versions of the famous speech: https://www.thesojournertruthproject.com Open Access Resource

Click on this link to compare the two speeches.

 

 

 

 

Amanda Rentaria - Stop Asking if Women are Electable

Click on this link to open the article from Ms Magazine Online Edition Open Access Resource

Citations:

Podell, L. (n.d.). The Sojourner Truth Project. Retrieved August 17, 2019, from The Sojourner Truth Project website: https://www.thesojournertruthproject.com

Renteria, A. (2019, August 12). Stop Asking if Women are Electable. Ms Magazine. Retrieved from https://msmagazine.com/2019/08/12/stop-asking-if-women-are-electable/

 

Thursday September 26: Radical feminisms

Women understand, control and protect their own bodies

 

Killian Wright-Jackson - The Impermissible Arrogance of Nicki Minaj Open Access Resource

Image attributions: Cover of BITCH Magazine, Issue 78, Spring 2018

Citations:

Joreen. (1969). The BITCH Manfesto. Retrieved August 18, 2019, from https://www.jofreeman.com/joreen/bitch.htm

Rich, A. (1980). Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence. Signs, 5(4), 631–660.

Wright-Jackson, K. (2018, Spring). The Impermissible Arrogance of Nicki Minaj. Bitch Media, (78). Retrieved from https://www.bitchmedia.org/article/drop-the-mic/the-impermissible-arrogance-of-nicki-minaj

 

Thursday October 3: Marxist and Socialist Feminisms

Capitalist exploitation begins at home

 

You Should've Asked by Emma (cartoon) Open Access Resource

Image attributions: book cover, The Mental Load: A Feminist Comic by Emma, 2018 Seven Stories Press

Citations:

Davis, A. Y. (1983). The Approaching Obsolescence of Housework: A Working-Class Perspective. In Women, race & class (1st Vintage Books ed). New York: Vintage Books.

Emma. (2017, May 20). You should’ve asked. Retrieved August 19, 2019, from Emma website: https://english.emmaclit.com/2017/05/20/you-shouldve-asked/

Federici, S. (2012). Wages Against Housework. In Revolution at point zero: Housework, reproduction, and feminist struggle. Oakland, CA : Brooklyn, NY : London: PM Press ; Common Notions : Autonomedia ; Turnaround [distributor].

Goldman, E. (1910). Marriage and Love. In Anarchism and Other Essays. Retrieved from https://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/goldman/works/1914/marriage-love.htm

 

Thursday October 10: Intersectionality Theories (1/2)

Black Feminist Thought

 

Citations:

Lorde, A. (1984). Age, Race, Class and Sex: Women Redefining Difference. In Sister outsider: Essays and speeches (pp. 114–123). Berkeley, Calif: Crossing Press, c2007.

The Combahee River Collective. (2000). Combahee River Collective Statement. In B. Smith (Ed.), Home girls: A Black feminist anthology (p. 264). New Brunswick, N.J: Rutgers University Press.

 

Tuesday October 15: Intersectionality Theories (2/2)

Theory in the Flesh

Citations:

Anzalduá, G. (1987). La Conciencia de la Mestiza / Towards a New Consciousness. In Chicana Studies. Borderlands/La frontera: The new mestiza (1. ed, pp. 99–113). San Francisco, Calif: Aunt Lute Books.

Cameron, B. (2002). Gee You Don’t Seem Like an Indian From the Reservation. In C. Moraga & G. Anzaldúa (Eds.), This bridge called my back: Writings by radical women of color (Expanded and rev. 3rd ed, pp. 47–54). Berkeley, CA: Third Woman Press.

Chrystos. (2002). I Walk in the History of My People. In C. Moraga & G. Anzaldúa (Eds.), This bridge called my back: Writings by radical women of color (Expanded and rev. 3rd ed, p. 60). Berkeley, CA: Third Woman Press.

Rushin, K. (2002). The Bridge Poem. In C. Moraga & G. Anzaldúa (Eds.), This bridge called my back: Writings by radical women of color (Expanded and rev. 3rd ed, pp. lvii–lviii). Berkeley, CA: Third Woman Press.

 

Thursday October 17: Decolonial Feminisms

 

 

Citations:

Abu-Lughod, L. (2002). Do Muslim Women Really Need Saving? Anthropological Reflections on Cultural Relativism and Its Others. American Anthropologist, 104(3), 783–790. Retrieved from JSTOR.

Adichie, C. N. (2009). The danger of a single story. Retrieved from https://www.ted.com/talks/chimamanda_adichie_the_danger_of_a_single_story

Liddle, C. (2014, June 25). Intersectionality and Indigenous Feminism: An Aboriginal Woman’s Perspective. The Postcolonialist. Retrieved from http://postcolonialist.com/civil-discourse/intersectionality-indigenous-feminism-aboriginal-womans-perspective/

 

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READING RESPONSES

All reading responses are submitted via Blackboard the day before the class by 11:59 PM. They should be typed in 12-pt and double spaced. Additional guidelines about the format and content of the responses are available on the syllabus.

Marianne Madoré - mmadore@gradcenter.cuny.edu