INTERSECTIONALITY & BLACK FEMINIST THOUGHT: ASSIGNED RESOURCES

Sisters in the Struggle is a 1991 National Film Board directed by Dionne Brand and Ginny Stikeman. The film features Black women activists discussing the combined impacts of racism and sexism, immigration policies designed to exclude and marginalize Black women, anti-Black racism in Canada, and police violence against Black men and women. Dionne Brand is a foremostContinue reading “INTERSECTIONALITY & BLACK FEMINIST THOUGHT: ASSIGNED RESOURCES”

INTERSECTIONALITY & BLACK FEMINIST THOUGHT: LESSON & BIG IDEA

BIG IDEA: Intersectionality We are beginning with the big idea for this module: intersectionality. From academics to politicians to policy-makers to activists and advocates, people use the term ‘intersectionality’ in multiple ways. For example, Women and Gender Equality Canada (WAGE), the Government of Canada’s department dedicated to women and gender policy issues, defines intersectionality asContinue reading “INTERSECTIONALITY & BLACK FEMINIST THOUGHT: LESSON & BIG IDEA”

INDIGENOUS FEMINISMS: A SUMMARY

Summary: Resistance and Resilience In addition to challenging the Indian Act, which institutionalized patriarchy in their communities, Indigeous women have been at the forefront of contemporary movements to protect Indigenous land from resource extraction projects that threaten Indigenous ways of life.  For example, Idle No More is a movement started by four women, Nina Wilson,Continue reading “INDIGENOUS FEMINISMS: A SUMMARY”

LGBT RIGHTS & QUEER POLITICS: ASSIGNED RESOURCES

First, you’ll read Sirma Bilge’s (2012) “Developing Intersectional Solidarities: A Plea for Queer Intersectionality” from Beyond the Queer Alphabet: Conversations on Gender, Sexuality, and Intersectionality. Beyond the Queer Alphabet is an open-access book edited by Dr. Malinda S. Smith and Dr. Fatima Jaffer, which you can download here. You are only responsible for reading Chapter 2 forContinue reading “LGBT RIGHTS & QUEER POLITICS: ASSIGNED RESOURCES”

INDIGENOUS FEMINISMS: LESSON & BIG IDEA

LESSON: Imperialism, Colonialism, and Decolonization This lesson focuses on the difference between imperialism, colonialism, and decolonization in order to help you understand how settler-colonialism is a distinct form of colonialism that is ongoing. We will turn our attention to settler-colonialism shortly. First, let’s identify what the terms imperialism and colonialism mean in the context ofContinue reading “INDIGENOUS FEMINISMS: LESSON & BIG IDEA”

REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE: A SUMMARY

The relationships between feminism, reproductive rights, and reproductive justice are not clearcut. Early women’s rights activists campaigned for political equality among the sexes on the basis of traditional views about women’s supposedly natural roles as mothers, and argued that some mothers are better than other mothers. The Famous Five espoused white nationalist and ablelist beliefs,Continue reading “REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE: A SUMMARY”

REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE: ASSIGNED RESOURCES

First, you will use the Rise Up! Feminist Digital Archive to read about the Abortion Caravan, including their full list of demands here. Next, listen to this CBC Radio Documentary, The Women Are Coming by Karin Wells. As you read: Think about the distinction between reproductive rights and reproductive justice. Are reproductive rights a necessaryContinue reading “REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE: ASSIGNED RESOURCES”

REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE: LESSON AND BIG IDEA

Which Women are Persons? The Famous Five, Maternal Feminism, & Eugenics Maternal feminism is the belief that women’s social and political value is primarily related to their traditional roles as mothers On Parliament Hill, the centre of government in Canada, a monument called “Women are Persons!” celebrates the “Famous Five”, five Alberta women who successfullyContinue reading “REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE: LESSON AND BIG IDEA”

LGBT RIGHTS AND QUEER POLITICS: A SUMMARY

In 2018, QTBIPOC (queer, trans, Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) activists formed a human chain and shut down the Edmonton Pride Parade. Their protest targeted police and military presence in the parade, but also the Edmonton Pride Festival Society itself, which they argued had long resisted QTBIPOC attempts to engage in dialogue and deliberation aboutContinue reading “LGBT RIGHTS AND QUEER POLITICS: A SUMMARY”

POLITICAL REPRESENTATION: ASSIGNED RESOURCES

Sara Ahmed, On Being Included We are going to read “On Arrival”, Sara Ahmed’s introduction to her 2012 book On Being Included. Although the chapter does not discuss field of politics in terms of what goes on in elections or legislatures, Ahmed’s discussion of diversity can help us understand politics because she is concerned withContinue reading “POLITICAL REPRESENTATION: ASSIGNED RESOURCES”