WGSS 300 Mid-Semester Paper: Essay prompt three, put thesis statement in here when ready

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1. Readings

1.1. Class 7 Anzaldua: La Conciencia de la Metiza

1.1.1. someone with many backgrounds has no country, she is a part of all countries

1.1.2. discusses how her intersecting identities gives her a unique standpoint

1.2. Class 9 Uma Narayan: The Project of Feminist Epistemology: Perspectives From a Nonwestern Feminist

1.2.1. epistemic privilege: those in positions of marginalization have more critical insights into power inequalities

1.2.2. we tend to clump all BIPOC into global women

1.3. Class 7 Adrienne Rich: Notes toward a Politics of Location

1.3.1. theory from center to margin

1.3.2. contends with her place as a white women and how she falls into theory creation and practice

1.3.3. identifies her own blind spots

1.3.4. asks the question who is we? this can be easily tied into anzaldua

1.4. Class 10 Kimberle Crenshaw: Intersectionality and Identity Politics: Learning from Violence Against Women of Color

1.4.1. creates the idea of intersectionality

1.4.2. emphasizes difference between intersectionality and identity politics

1.5. Class 9 Haraway: Situated Knowledges: The Science Question in Feminism and the Privilege of Partial Perspective

1.5.1. embodiment

1.5.2. situated and partial knowledge

1.6. Class 7 Patricia Hill Collins: Defining Black Feminist Thought

1.6.1. we must combine theory with practice to get good actions

1.6.2. non-Black people can be Black feminists, but they need to be aware of their standpoint and only listen and uplift Black theory, not create it

1.7. Class 7 Patil: From Patriarchy to Intersectionality

1.7.1. critiques crenshaws intersectionality as being very us centric

2. Challenges in recognizing forms of: marginalization; oppression; difference

2.1. umbrella terms like "global women" or BIPOC

2.2. limited standpoint or "center to margin" view of opression

3. What double-binds do they create for individuals and social movements? (double-binds: situations no matter how someone acts, they are always working towards their own oppression)

3.1. exploitation of minorities for social movements. ie, social movements use minorities in order to perform activism, with no real interest in being an activist. in this way, those minority groups can either bend to the will of the status quo and go along with the exploitation because it eventually will help their cause, or they can go against the exploitation and then the oppressors get another win of no one fighting back.

4. What kind of frameworks emphasize, but do not oversimplify, differences?

4.1. 1. intersectionality: when many identities intersect, there can be a crash at that intersection, so intersectionality looks at the methods of power that cause those crashes. ie, help centers for low income women only offering services in English

4.2. 2. standpoint: the encompassing idea that ones own personal experiences places them somewhere where they uniquely view theory and practice

4.3. 3. politics of location

4.4. 4. situated knowledge

5. What are the limits of these frameworks?

5.1. 1. very us centric (crenshaw) patil critiqued crenshaws us centric ideas

5.2. 2. can allow for one to over-generalize about a groups oppression when they are only really speaking about their own experiences

5.3. 3. read patil

5.4. 4. the best option out there