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Anti-Oppression LibGuide: Feminist resources

This guide attempts to provide general information and a starting point to learn about anti-oppression, inclusion, and privilege, as well as provide knowledge and resources to key social justice issues. The NYIT community is welcome to suggest resources.

Terms

Patriarchy: Social organization marked by the supremacy of the father in the clan or family, the legal dependence of wives and children, and the reckoning of descent and inheritance in the male line; broadly: control by men of a disproportionately large share of power.

Heteropatriarchy: A colonial construct and concept that defines both masculinity and femininity in narrow and limiting ways in order to maintain a binary distinction between male and female, dominant and subordinate. It operates from the assertion that the earth is inherently female and is therefore seen as inherently subservient/available to be consumed and utilized. Heteropatriarchy serves to naturalize all other social hierarchies, such as white supremacy and settler colonialism. When colonists first came to this land they saw the necessity of instilling patriarchy in Native communities because they realized that indigenous peoples would not accept colonial domination if their own indigenous societies were not structured on the basis of social hierarchy.

Feminism: The belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities. 

 

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Intersectional feminism: Term coined in 1989 by activist and law professor, Kimberly Crenshaw in her article "Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity politics, and violence against women of color" although the concept already existed since 1851 in the speech by abolitionist Sojourner TruthAin't I a woman.  The term refers to the overlapping/intersecting identities a person could have and their relationship with oppression. 

  • A concept used to describe the ways in which different kinds of oppression (racism, sexism, ableism, classism, etc.) are interconnected and cannot be examined separately from one another.

    For example: two people who have a disability or are differently abled (one intersection) may come from different class backgrounds (another intersection). One person may be working class, while the other comes from the middle class. The way that disability affects their lives would be vastly different because of their relationship with the class system that they come from (access to money, education, resources, therapy, etc.). Inversely, that disability can affect their relationship to class (ability to find work, finding educational institutions that can accommodate their abilities, etc.).

  • Other intersections such as race, gender, citizenship, and many others directly affect these relationships and understandings of oppression.
  • For example: women do not all experience sexism in the same way. Their/our race, class, ability, citizenship status, body type (and many other intersections) affect what it means to experience that identity(https://www.antiviolenceproject.org/info/glossary)

Otherwise stated, terms are adapted from: 

 

Books and other media

Films:

 

"Miss Representation is a 2011 American documentary film written, directed, and produced by Jennifer Siebel Newsom. It explores how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in influential positions by circulating limited and often disparaging portrayals of women." 

Reflections Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights: "Through the personal stories of several former black female Civil Rights activists, Reflections Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights unearths the lesser-known story of black women’s political marginalization between the male-dominated Black Power movement, and the predominantly white and middle-class Feminist movement during the 1960s and 70s, as well as the resulting mobilization of black and other women of color into a united Feminist movement." 

"An entire country watched as a poised, beautiful African-American woman sat before a Senate committee of 14 white men and with a clear, unwavering voice recounted the repeated acts of sexual harassment she had endured while working with U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. Anita Hill's graphic testimony was a turning point for gender equality in the U.S. and ignited a political firestorm about sexual harassment and power in the workplace that resonates still today."

 

Syllabus:

  • Lemonade syllabi created by the writer and educator Candice Benbow.  Gives resources and readings from the various poets, writers, and other materials to unpack the Lemonade visual album. 
  • A seat at the table syllabi, created by the Anna Julia Cooper Center and Curated by the Elle.com/scholars, this syllabus features texts, music, and visual art submitted by young women of color, ages 16-30, reflecting on the themes of Solange’s album A Seat at the Table. 

Organizations:

  • Hollaback: Project that aims to end street harassment by giving voice to those that experience it. 

Websites: 

  • The feminist art project: A portal to unique educational resources that utilize feminist art practice, theory, and history to enrich learning and empower students, youth, and adults to use critical thinking and build self-esteem.
  • Feminism and Art:  Part of the Art History Center, this site provides educational resources and lesson plans for educators. 

Other guides:

 

 

 

 

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This guide attempts to provide general information and a starting point to learn about anti-oppression, inclusion, and privilege, as well as provide knowledge and resources to key social justice issues. The NYIT community is welcome to suggest resources, guides, or any other information relevant to this guide by emailing lmoronta@nyit.edu. Also contact me if you notice any dead links.

 

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