Feminist + Gender Theory

How “It’s My Opinion” Has Become Code For “You Don’t Deserve Freedom”—An Analysis of The Difference Between Opinions + Moral Standpoints

Let me set the scene: it was an early morning D (400) level Feminist + Postcolonial Development class. A student, for the sake of storytelling, I will name him Derek, brought up the story of John Bolton’s resignation/firing (still contested), and highlighted the differences between Bolton’s foreign policy and Trump’s. In the end, his main …

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What are the Waves of (Western) Feminism?

It is incredibly important to analyze the authors behind the waves of feminism. These movements and generalizations of historical movements are incredibly biased in Western interpretations and advancement, not encompassing the exploitation of women of colour by Western feminists in academic circles, societal relationships, power dynamics, and political fabrics.  This is not to say that …

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Feminism 101: An Introduction

In order for us to effectively engage in critical discourse and discussion we need to discuss and analyze the points of contention within and between the issues we are discussing. The main reason for doing so is to recognize and accommodate the spectrum that we all exist on. Some of you are absolutely new to …

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What is Intersectionality?

Coined by Kimberle Crenshaw, Intersectionality came about to express the dire situation of immigrant, women of colour who were outcasted from both feminist movements, as well as civil rights movements (Crenshaw, 1245). It explores the way multiple identities conflict and coincide, within and between different systems, whether they be of patriarchy, capitalism, or Eurocentrism. This …

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What is Feminist Standpoint Theory?

The basic premise of feminist standpoint theory is that knowledge is socially situated, and marginalized groups are more aware of power relationships, and are able to critically ask questions and interpret discourses at a more insightful level, than non-marginalized groups (Kadi, 47). Standpoint theory then broadens over just discussion about situational feminism, and integrates within …

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