Professing Feminism: Cautionary Tales from the Strange World of Women's Studies
BasicBooks, 1994 - 235 páginas
Feminists have often called Women's Studies "the academic arm of the women's movement". With over 600 Women's Studies programs in existence throughout the United States, academic feminism is now a strong presence on college campuses - and beyond. But, as Daphne Patai and Noretta Koertge charge in this hard-hitting book, the attempt to make Women's Studies serve a political agenda has led to deeply problematic results: dubious scholarship, pedagogical practices that resemble indoctrination more than education, and the alienation of countless potential supporters. The authors interviewed dozens of women - professors, students, and staffers - who, like themselves, have invested much time and effort in Women's Studies. These women speak eloquently of their frustration and even despair over the problems and conflicts they experienced in programs where a feminist agenda has been relentlessly pursued. Faced with intolerance and "ideological policing" on the part of both activist colleagues and true-believer students, some of these women withdrew altogether; others, while maintaining their formal association with Women's Studies, took inner flight. All are troubled and alarmed about the future of feminism in the academy. To reveal the root causes of these tensions and animosities, Patai and Koertge present an incisive analysis of the self-defeating ideological games feminists play in colleges and universities, among them IDPOL (identity politics), WORDMAGIC, TOTAL REJ, and BIODENIAL, an extreme form of social constructionism. The authors call on feminists in the academy to abandon their self-destructive ways if they are to regain the positive vision that attracted so many people to feminism inthe first place.
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They and the other heterosexuals had been asked to identify themselves at the
beginning, with the suggestion that by the end of the term, if the course were
successful, there would be no heterosexuals left. One of them had been asked to
For us, gender couldn't be the all-determinative category, because we knew that
there were other issues that divide people. Where there are separate Women's
Studies programs, there has been a tremendous animus against the social ...
to be addressed and what needs to be changed and at the same time saying
there's a lot of bullshit going on here — that is the difficult thing to do. Right now
there's a privileging of racial categories. This is not legitimate, and it ought to be ...
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PROFESSING FEMINISM: Cautionary Tales from Inside the Strange World of Women's StudiesReseña de usuario - Kirkus
Two academics raise disturbing questions about the practices and goals of contemporary classroom feminism. Using interviews with faculty in self-imposed ``exile'' from women's studies programs, many ... Leer reseña completa
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Dismayed by what they claim are the dogmatic methods inherent in many women's studies programs, Patai and Koertge, two feminist academics, urgently call for introspection and reform. Recounting the ... Leer reseña completa
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