WOMEN OF COLOR FEMINISM
This course is an interdisciplinary exploration of the theoretical and practical frameworks of feminisms developed by women of color. It is designed to introduce and familiarize students with the contributions of Black and African American, Latina/Chicana, Asian/Pacific Islander, Native American, and Arab-American women. We will explore the complex politics of race, class, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and other categories of power in the lives of women of color in the United States. Students will develop intersectionality as a theoretical tool to use in analyzing oppressions. We will examine key themes in women of color feminisms, including the politics of representation, stigmatization, multiple forms of state and interpersonal violence, intersecting forms of oppression, economic justice, reproductive justice, queerness/sexuality/lesbianism, and strategies of empowerment and resistance. We will also engage in a critical exploration of identity as a challenge to hegemonic feminism and a social location from which to struggle, and explore critiques of identity politics, drawing from theoretical and practical attempts at transcending socially constructed categories while acknowledging material inequalities that persist. We will critically analyze texts, discuss and present ideas in class, and complete written analyses.