This assignment includes only a few readings that help us understand a part of the history of the women’s movement and theorizing of feminisms in the US. A lot of information is left out in this short semester. Hence to give you a context for Black feminisms/multiracial feminisms (the readings) that emerged during the second wave/third wave of the women’s movement I have posted a set of slides ( WGS history and perspectives uploaded under course material), please keep it open as you do your readings.
Respond (in 200 words each) to the following questions:
Describe how “black feminism” (Combahee collective) articulates a politics for addressing intersecting/interlocking oppressions.
What is “Le Mestiza consciousness”? (check out the slide on Chicana feminisms)
Describe the framework of “intersectionality.”
Discuss the evolution of Women’s and Gender Studies as a discipline within US universities.
Assigned readings for mapping/theorizing the field of Women’s and Gender and Sexuality Studies/feminisms:
Demita Frazier, Beverly Smith, and Barbara Smith (1977) Combahee River Collective Statement http://www.historyisaweapon.com/def con1/combrivercoll.html
Anzaldua, Gloria (1987). Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza. Chap 7 ”La Conciencia de la Mestiza: Toward a New Consciousness” San Francisco: Aunt Lute Books. http://sites.oxy.edu/ron//msi/05/texts/anzaldua-mestizaconsciousness.pdf
Autostraddle (2014). “The Illustrated (And Quite Condensed) History of Women’s Studies” https://www.autostraddle.com/rebel-girls-the-illustrated-and-quite-condensed-history-of-womens-studies-236467/
Crenshaw, Kimberlee (2015). The Urgency of Intersectionality https://www.ted.com/talks/kimberle_crenshaw_the_urgency_of_intersectionality
Additional resources that explain the above:
Films: Makers: Women Who made America. Part 1/Part 2/Part 3
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