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Revolutionize it!: Second-wave feminism and the struggle for a radical movement

Women, Gender, And Sexuality Studies 348 - Spring 2020

In this discussion-based course we explore the complex, contradictory and profoundly multiracial history of the so-called 'second wave' of the feminist movement (1960s-1980s). We will focus on those activists who understood themselves to be radicals and revolutionaries-women's liberationists, women of color (or third-world) feminists, and lesbian-feminists-as they collaborated and collided with each other. Among the questions we will ask: what happens to our understanding of the second wave when we center the activism of African-American, Latinx, indigenous and anti-capitalist feminists? What were the promises and the pitfalls of a politics of "sisterhood"? How did sexual desire and sexual conflict shape both notions of identity and the movement on-the-ground? We will also consider the legacy of second-wave feminism for the politics of our time, including #MeToo, reproductive freedom and the struggle for trans liberation. Prerequisite: Introduction to Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (L77 100B) or permission of instructor.
Course Attributes: EN HBU BAAS HUMAS SD IFA HUMAR HUM

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Revolutionize it!: Second-wave feminism and the struggle for a radical movement
INSTRUCTOR: Friedman
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