“What has feminism done (for me) lately” (Victoria Bromley); Feminist Movements
• • Linda Martin Alcoff, Cinzia Arruzza, Tithi Battacharya, Nancy Fraser, Barbara Ransby, Keenanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Rasmea Yousef Odeh, and Angela Davis, “Women of America: We’re Going on Strike. Just So Trump Will See our Power.” February 6, 2017 The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/feb/06/women-strike-trump-resistance-power
• Cathy J. Cohen and Sarah J. Jackson, “Ask a Feminist: A Conversation with Cathy Cohen About Black Lives Matter, Feminism, and Contemporary Activism.” 2015 http://signsjournal.org/ask-a-feminist-cohen-jackson/
• Sonja John, “Idle No More – Indigenous Activism and Feminism.” Theory in Action 8,4 (2015)http://transformativestudies.org/wp-content/uploads/10.3798tia.1937-0237.15022B.pdf
• Harsha Walia, “Reimagining Feminism on International Women’s Day.” March 4, 2015. rabble.cahttp://rabble.ca/columnists/2015/03/reimagining-feminism-on-international-womens-day
Short Response Papers 2 x 15% (max. 1000 words or approx. 4 double-spaced pages, 12 pt)
●For the first short response paper (Due November 11) please choose any single reading from September 16-November 11 inclusive.
●For the second short response paper (Due February 3), please choose any single reading from November 18- December 2 and January 6-February 3 inclusive.
Be sure to identify the reading you have chosen (author, title). In an essay of no more than 1000 words (or approximately 4 pages depending on font, etc.), provide a brief summary and description of the course reading you have chosen and then move to an analysis of, and reflection on, the chosen text. Here are some questions to focus your writing, and remember to keep your analysis grounded in your chosen text and focused on feminist theoretical concerns:
Observation and Description Questions:
●What problem(s) in feminist theory does this reading address itself to?
●What problem(s) in everyday social relations does this reading address itself to?
●What do you notice about how the chosen text is written? (for example, is it a personal essay, a scholarly article, or an example of political journalism?)
●What is the main argument of the reading? Does it have key sub-arguments?
●What theoretical tools or concepts does this reading use to advance its argument?
●How does this reading address intersectionality (that is, interlocking structures and practices of power according to race, class, and gender, for example)?
●What is most interesting and/or significant about the reading’s argument(s) and why?
●What does it contribute to feminist theoretical concerns?
●What question or questions does this reading raise for you? What does it make you reflect on? ~~~For this or similar assignment papers~~~
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