Feminist Education against Sexism, Classism, and Racism
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: University of Texas Press
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Speaking Out against a Culture of Male Violence and Contributing Feminist Class Consciousness amid the Feminization of Poverty 117...
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...âwell, what are you looking for?â That abrupt question from archivist and Latina lesbian feminist activist Yolanda Retter Vargas, along with my answer, initiated this book. As someone interested in U.S. social movements for civil rights and liberation, I wanted to research in Los An-gelesâs two most promising archives for late-twentieth-century multi- issue ...
Introduction: Califia Community in Social Movement History
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...inist institution building. In response to entrenched inequalities in the postâ World War II United States, Americans who supported gender equal-ity built on political opportunities to fi nd each other and create the coun-tryâs largest social movement.1 By the 1970s, the proliferation of feminist organizations in Los Angeles was representative of the nationâs largest cit-...
1. The Need for Community Education Projects
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...radical educatorsâ interventions help to contextualize feminist institution building. Postâ World War II discrimination provided the milieu for New Left agitation, but longer-term frustrations about mainstream education created lines of radical pedagogy that stretched from the nineteenth cen-tury to 1960s movements. In response, women raised their awareness of in-...
2. Founding, Fun, and Friction
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I think [Califi a] was a great pioneering experiment and brought bodies, and spirits and did a lot of innovative, creative, exciting, both do serious political work and have discussions and also to each otherâs mind and bodies. So I think Califi a was a noble The ability to fi nd woman-focused separate spaces appealed to some who ...
3. Interest in Women
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...bersâ presentations about sexism sought to unite women based on shared oppression by men and to call Califi a women to action. Califi a founders and their contemporaries built on earlier feminist critiques to teach women to prioritize women.1 They addressed patriarchal male domination and het-erosexual privilege and debated what constituted aspects of sexism. Femi-...
4. Channeling Class Resentments
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...arching structure with many negative consequences. These feminist teach-ings tapped into womenâs personal experiences to encourage them to orga-nize instead of feeling passively victimized. Personalizing patriarchy was a springboard from which women nationwide joined or created projects to combat violence against women and children, alleviate other forms of sex-...
5. Antiracism to Get under the Skin
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...like the training about class, Califi aâs presentations on race sought to nurture integrated womenâs groups that functioned effectively across differences. This chapter argues that Califi a founders expressed fem-inistsâ concern to teach women to work together and that the development of antiracism trainings represented feminist views on race in the 1970s ...
6. The Right Attacks and Internal Divisions
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...combined with emphases on assimilation and individual gain among gay and lesbian Americans, portended the end of Califi a. This chapter argues that Califi a conferences waned because of a combination of key found-ersâ departures, societal shifts that imperiled increasing numbers of Amer-icans economically, and differences of opinion among feminists. New Right ...
Conclusion: Enduring Legacies for “the Week”
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...and weaknesses of forms of feminism as well as how feminist work related to society. Feminists since the mid-1960s have sought to revolutionize the world; their sense of urgency and heightened expectations have built on previous New Left momentum. Califi a participants refl ected American feminists who tested alternative models of governance and revised assump-...
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Page Count: 269
Illustrations: 16 photos
Publication Year: 2013