Wmst60Lecture1

Wmst60Lecture1 - Lecture 1 Introduction to U.S. Women of...

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Click to edit Master subtitle style Lecture 1 Introduction to U.S. Women o April 5, 2007 Women’s Studies 60 Dr. Mireille Miller-Young
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Goals of Lecture Provide a brief history of the women’s movement and the rise of feminism and women of color feminism. Introduce some important themes in women of color feminism. To offer students useful tools for analysis of women of color feminist texts.
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Important Themes in Women of Color Feminism Oppression vs. Resistance/Empowerment The significance of Difference Silence vs. Writing/Speaking/Voice/Dialogue Multiple forms of Violence and Exploitation Primacy of histories and legacies of conquest The Politics of Representation The need to expand Feminism and Feminist Theory The connections between U.S. women of color and Third World women
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Oppression vs. Resistance Women of color feminists see patriarchy, the privileging of heterosexism, as disempowering to all women (and most men), but in differing ways. This oppression, which takes many forms, functions with and through racism, classism, heteronormativity and homophobia, ableism, ageism, nationalism, and other systems of power. These forms of oppression are experienced as deeply intertwined in our subjectivities, and therefore feminism must use methodologies that reflect their intersectionality. WOCF must resist oppression in all its forms, including discourses and institutions of law, labor, education, the media, religion and medicine. Resistance happens on many levels including the psychological, sociocultural, economic and political. Feminist resistance is challenging for WOCF because of the
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course WM ST 60 taught by Professor Miller-young during the Spring '07 term at UCSB.

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Wmst60Lecture1 - Lecture 1 Introduction to U.S. Women of...

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