Write a short (3 pages, typed in 12pt., Times New Roman font with 1-inch margins, double spaced) essay, answering the question:
What do we need to do in order to decolonize dominant notions of gender and sexuality in our society?
Your answer must meet four requirements:
1. Your answer must reflect your understanding of the notion of decolonization.
2. You must apply the notion of intersectionality to your analysis.
3. In your answer you must analyze at least one of the themes in the list:
(1) the relationship among hetero-patriarchy, gender binary, and settler colonialism
(2) Anzaldua’s concept of borderlands
4. In your answer you must analyze at least one of the themes in the list:
(1) the notion of pink washing as colonial violence
(2) gender and racial capitalism
1. Your essay must have an original thesis (i.e., argument) supported by strong evidence from the readings, films, and lectures.
2. Your essay must reflect your deep understanding of the notion of intersectionality and decolonization explained by readings and lectures. Make sure to provide your (brief) definitions of decolonization and intersectionality in your essay and explain how your essay reflects the notions.
3. Your essay must reflect your understanding of all the lectures and discussions. You must use all the relevant key notions and facts from the lectures.
4. You must use at least two of the following readings. Make sure to provide the author’s last name in parenthesis after a paragraph or sentence in which you used information from the particular reading.
Eve Tuck et al., “Decolonizing Feminism: Challenging Connections between Settler Colonialism and Heteropatriarchy”
Quo-Li Driskill, Asegi Stories: Cherokee, Queer, and Two-Spirit Memory
Gloria Anzaldua, Borderlands/La Frontera.
Al-Qaws, “Beyond Propaganda: Pinkwashing as Colonial Violence.”
Daina Ramey Berry and Kali Nicole Gross, A Black Women’s History of the United States, Chapter 6.
5. In addition, you must also use at least one reading from the following list. Make sure to provide the author’s last name in parenthesis after a paragraph or sentence in which you used information from the particular reading.
Audre Lorde, “Age, Race, and Sex: Women Redefining Difference”, and “The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House”
Mia Mingus, “Intersectionality is a Big Fancy Word For My Life.”
Kimberlé Crenshaw, “Intersectionality and Identity Politics: Learning from Violence against Women of Color”
6. In addition, you must also use at least one reading or film from the following list. Make sure to provide the author’s last name in parenthesis after a paragraph or sentence in which you used information from the particular reading.
Alexis Pauline Gumbs, “Sometimes Freedom Means You Have to Burn It Down: Harriet Tubman and an Abolitionist Vision That Don’t Quit, “ Abolitionist (Fall 2013).
bell hooks, “Feminism: A Movement To End Sexist Oppression” (excerpts)
Combahee River Collective, “A Black Feminist Statement” (excerpts)
Alicia Garza, “A Herstory of the Black Lives Matter Movement.”
Assata Shakur “To My People”
Moya Bailey, “More on the origin of Misogynoir”
Mia MacKenzie, “4 Ways to Push Back Your Privileges.”
Rabab Abdulhadi, “Gender, Resistance and Liberation in 1960s Palestine Living Under Occupation.” https://www.solidarity-us.org/pdfs/ATC%20159–Rabab.pdf
In-class Film: “Leila Khaled Hijacker?” Dir Lina Makboul (2006) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWg6-oQTSvw
Rabab Abdulhadi, “Framing Resistance Call and Response: Reading Assata Shakur’s Black Revolutionary Radicalism in Palestine.”
·T.J. Jourian, “Evolving Nature of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity,”
Kim Q Hall, “Gender,” in Keywords for Disability Studies (2015).
Dean Spade, “About Purportedly Gendered Body Parts.”
Alok Void-Menon, “Why/how does ending gender binary help everyone?” “End Transmisogyny”
Mia MacKenzie, “4 Ways to Push Back Your Privileges.”
In-class video: The Urgency of Intersectionality | Kimberlé Crenshaw
In-class Film: “Kumu Hina”
Ghaith Hillal “Eight questions Palestinian queers are tired of hearing” (November 2013) https://electronicintifada.net/content/eight-questions-palestinian-queers-are-tired-hearing/12951
“Guest Opinion: A Call for Solidarity with Palestinian Queers” by Rabab Ibrahim Abdulhadi, Mary Salome, Kate Raphael, and Deeg Gold https://www.ebar.com/news/news//280952
Robyn R.G. Kelley, “What Did Cedric Robinson Mean by Racial Capitalism?” Boston Review (2017).
How Can We Win Kimberly Jones (Abolitionist journal article on Kimberly Jones).
“So after we abolish prisons and policing…then what?: A Black Feminist Dialogue,” For Harriet (Youtube)
Daina Ramey Berry and Kali Nicole Gross, A Black Women’s History of the United States, Introduction.
How to Survive the End of the World (podcast): “A Breathing Chorus with Alexis Pauline Gumbs.” https://soundcloud.com/endoftheworldshow/a-breathing-chorus-with-alexis-pauline-gumbs (Required: beginning up to 36’; Optional: the rest of the podcast)
Catherine Lavender, “The Cult of Domesticity and True Womanhood”
Evelyn Nakano Glenn, “From Servitude to Service Work: Historical Continuiries in the Racial Division of Paid Reproductive Labor,” in Ruiz and DuBois (eds.), Unequal Sisters
Ida B. Wells, writings
7. This is not research paper. I discourage you from using outside sources. If you chose to use outside sources, however, please provide full citations, using a standard citation system (typically Chicago, or MLA).
8. Please attach a list of readings that you have used at the end of your essay.
I will look for an original thesis supported by a strong argument and a wide range of evidence. Your essay will be graded on how well it:
a) Reflects your deep understanding of all the course materials.
b) Demonstrates your ability to evaluate documents critically.
c) Demonstrates your ability to collect evidence from a wide range of readings and lectures and support your argument effectively.
d) Articulates the significance of each item (including idea, person, etc.) that you are examining.
e) Connects the details to larger themes and issues.
f) Holds together as a coherent essay (i.e. Pay attention to transitions and over-all organization.)
g) Demonstrates your original and imaginative thinking.
h) Demonstrates your ability to write clearly free from grammatical errors and typos. For more information on Gender and Sexuality in our Society see this: https://www.britannica.com/topic/gender-identity
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