I. Group Sign-Up... READ THE QUESTIONS AT THE RIGHT!
At the end of class today, we are going into groups in a workshop style to really dig deeper into the "Pass the Hat" questions that you came up with at the last class. Four will be the maximum number of people who can be in a group... at least two people must connect to count as a group.
II. Please tape your poster to the wall in the designated section. Please take the poster down at the end of class and submit it (this counts as today's assignment)
III. Gallery Walk
IV. Reflective Writing & Discussion
V. Group Workshops: Your task today is to talk and come up with an action plan. The facilitator (the first name on the list) will present to the class today.
A) What are the main issues here?
B) Who is oppressed, silenced, dehumanized in the issue that your group is discussing? How can you change that?
C) Come up with an action plan. Think B.I.G.--- even it seems insane. The laws and policies we take for granted today were unthinkable 50 years ago. Someone had to push through and come up with things that people had never seen or done. BE THOSE PEOPLE!
Your Questions from the Last Class's
"Pass the Hat Activity"
A) Linda Alcoff and Gloria Anzaldua have used their writing-- their unique content and style--- to critique and change the world. Do you think that takes courage? Do we need more edgier writings and publications to help shift the way we see the world and shake up what we read?
B) Erica Gonzalez Martinez argues that daughters in LatinX families are expected to be nurturers and caretakers--- which she sees both positively and negatively. How can LatinX women support and embrace their cultural heritages and families and still be independent and critical of problematic gender norms?
C) Many Black feminists have argued that into order for their political issues and self-determination to be fully addressed, they need to criticize the way our society is rooted in anti-blackness (this includes colorism). What do you think of this and why? Are Black women ignoring Black men's misogyny and sexism when they do this? How do you address anti-blackness AND misogyny at the same time?
D) Salaam realizes that she is empowered as a woman to enter into conversation with men who catcall, if she so chooses, and that catcalling is not a result of what she wears or how she acts. Do women really have the power to publicly respond if they so choose? Why do women need to design defensive tactics to protect themselves? Why isn't the focus on stopping men? What are men's roles in stopping sexual harassment? (i.e., what is a man's responsibility when his "friends" catcall?)
E) Why do we gravitate to music that dehumanizes and oversexualizes women? What kind of world and culture do these norms create?
F) Can feminism exist in the same space as traditional, religious ideologies? How so? Or, why not? How does religion affect identity? How does it affect notions of gender?
G) Should we fight racism? If so, how? Or, instead, should we maneuver around racism? If so, how? What is the role of the criminal justice system/policing in maintaining racism?
H) Evelyn Glenn argues that white women were privileged because their white husbands were seen as representing their interests and ideas. Men of color, however, did not have such status. What kind of issues does this fact raise?
I) How and when are white feminism and racism similar? Why?
J) Where does the myth of the "strong black woman" come from? In what ways might this be positive and helpful? In what ways might this be harmful and racist?