Feminist & queer theory 101

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  • Historical context (Joetta) --postmodernism --questioning the category “woman” --feminism not the “proper place” to think about sex/sexuality --Queer Nation, ACT UP, in-your-face- --sex wars in feminist circles --critique of identity politics (marriage) Breakdown of binary thinking
  • Break down of binary thinking, binary relations
  • Feminist & queer theory 101

    1. 1. Dr. Sarah Rainey
    2. 2. Topography of Feminist Thought
    3. 3. Queer <ul><li>As a politics… </li></ul><ul><li>As an identity… </li></ul><ul><li>As a theory… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Postmodernism </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Performativity (Butler) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>'There is no gender identity behind the expressions of gender; ... identity is performatively constituted by the very &quot;expressions&quot; that are said to be its results.' ( Gender Trouble , p. 25). </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Abject </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Heterosexual Matrix </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. Feminist Critiques of QT <ul><li>Marginalization of lesbians, people of color </li></ul><ul><li>Glossing over of difference </li></ul><ul><li>Difficult politics </li></ul><ul><li>Place of the “subject” </li></ul>
    5. 5. Possibilities of QT <ul><li>Rethinking normative ways of seeing, looking for outliers, looking for the abject </li></ul><ul><li>Community, solidarity </li></ul><ul><li>Queering nationality, ability, race… </li></ul>
    6. 6. Queer Globalization <ul><li>Relationship to Capitalism </li></ul><ul><li>Local/global </li></ul><ul><li>Queering development discourse </li></ul>
    7. 7. Putting Feminist Thought Into Historical Context <ul><li>Important Vocabulary </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Backlash </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Post-feminism/t </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ power feminism” </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. 1 st Wave <ul><li>1848 Declaration of Sentiments </li></ul><ul><li>1920, 19 th Amendment </li></ul>
    9. 9. 2 nd Wave
    10. 10. 3 rd Wave
    11. 11. 3 rd wave <ul><li>A generation </li></ul><ul><li>A time period </li></ul><ul><li>An ideology/politics </li></ul>
    12. 12. Wave Metaphor <ul><li>Benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Drawbacks </li></ul>

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