The magazine projects posted on this site were created by students in FG 200 Feminist Theory. Feminism refers to several theories and movements aimed at establishing and defending political, economic, and social rights and opportunities for women, people of color, LGBTQcommunities, people with disabilities, children, poor people, the elderly, and various other groups that are systematically and systemically marginalized. Feminist thought (or theory) tries to understand, explain, and interrogate difference and inequality, providing salient critiques of power relations and privilege. This course, then, functions as the introduction to various feminist theories, as well as the philosophical, political, cultural, and practical considerations and commitments that are their foundations. As feminist theory is interdisciplinary, it advances pedagogical, scholarly, activist, and artistic collaboration both within and outside of the academy. Hence, we will examine theorists from a variety of disciplines including, but not limited to, sociology, psychology, history, literature, political science, anthropology, and economics. Along these lines, we will undertake an examination of liberal, radical, socialist, psychoanalytic, and other variants of feminism, as well as their bases in liberal, anarchist, socialist, and other traditions.
By the end of this course, students will learn the importance of the following objectives, as well as the skills required to perform them at an intermediate level:
- examining/analyzing and responding to feminist theoretical perspectives, modes of analysis, and methodologies;
- examining/analyzing gender and sex-based socialization and its implications;
- examining/analyzing the ways in which race, socioeconomic status, age, physical embodiment, geographical location, and other social markers complicate and are influenced by gender and sex-based socialization and its implications;
- examining/analyzing the ways in which privileges and disadvantages shape experiences, presumptions, viewpoints, identities, and subjectivities;
- examining/analyzing normative assumptions about identity, as well as the ways in which groups and individuals understand, resist, reject, or reproduce norms;
- and employing feminist theoretical perspectives, modes of analysis, and methodologies in all coursework.
NOTE: The student-created projects on this site do NOT represent research findings and/or generalizable knowledge. Rather, these projects represent these students’ pursuit of knowledge.