May 2, 2008

For the final class

Please remember to bring in 2-3 line definitions of:
1. Rebel, 2. Radical, 3. Revolutionary

Your definitions can be full sentences or a list of words.

You could also (in place of written definitions) bring in image/song clips/tv or movie clips that exemplify or embody these three terms for you.

This is meant to be a fun assignment (it is not graded), so don't stress out about it or spend too much time on it. I just thought it would be interesting for us to all share our understandings of these terms on the last day.

See you Monday, Sara

April 29, 2008

Problematic Project...

Hey guys- I wanted to write something about the last presentation today, my group's presentation.

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April 23, 2008

Paper Topics

Hi all. I hope you are enjoying the wonderful day! Here are some possible topics for your final paper, if you need some direction. Remember, I extended the due date for the paper to May 5.

How is radical thought/action/practices linked to revolutionary transformation in the work of Shirley Chisholm and her presidential campaign in ’72?
How is it linked in Winona LaDuke’s writings/actions?

Can revolutionary transformation occur when working within the system? How do Chisholm and/or Laduke demonstrate this?

What is Winona LaDuke’s vision of social transformation? How do women fit into this? What kind of feminism does LaDuke promote?

Also, you could write on any of the questions I gave you to discuss in small group.

Hope this helps. Feel free to email me or stop by my office hours (Mondays 4-6) with any questions.

April 22, 2008

Hilary Nutcracker


So i know there has been a lot of disgust when it comes to the Hilary Clinton Nutcracker and "if there was a Obama doll with racial affliction there would be accusations of being racist!" Well, personally to some it comes down to having a sense of humor. I like Hilary and I think the nutcracker doll is humorous, as do some others who like Hilary. I also like obama. It doesn't have to be seen as negative, but when you put that spin on it of course it is negative!

So here is some Obama merchandise Urban Outfitters is selling. What do you think? (notice the fashionable use of Ebonics for the only black presidential hopeful).;jsessionid=9D2E43BCA7E5BBBCED90C16659D2D50A.app12-node5?itemdescription=true&itemCount=60&id=14133060&parentid=W_APP_TEES&sortProperties=+product.marketingPriority,-product.startDate&navCount=42&navAction=poppushpush&color=

April 15, 2008

Revolutionary Politics Discussion

Revolutionary Practice & Revolutionary Discourse as similar and aspects of activism

-running for president
-challenging norms/institutions and/or its practices
-ruptured system
-changes structure entirely

Similarities between current election and Chisholm's '72 campaign

Please post discussion! :)

April 8, 2008

The Abortion Diaries - You Tube link

April 1, 2008

One more thing…

Hi all,

Because the writing assignment for last night's class is due right before your radical 5 page essay is due, I thought I would make it a little easier on you. If you would like, you may use ONE (and only one) of your responses to the writing assignment question as part of your larger, 5 page paper. Three caveats: 1. You must make sure to use 3 sources total (so, you could use Solanas, Willis and Third as your three sources for the essay), 2. You must still answer the question in the writing assignment, and 3. YOU MAY NOT USE BOTH RESPONSES AS THE BULK OF YOUR 5 PAGE ESSAY--YOU MAY ONLY USE ONE RESPONSE.

Now, you could do this in a number of ways. You could use the question from the writing assignment as the main topic for your 5 page essay. Or, you could use your response to the question as part of a larger or different topic about radical feminism.

Tent State

Hi everyone! My friend is organizing an event called Tent State the will coincide with Campus to Capital Week. Here is some of our mission statement/background information:

Tent State is an idea that started at Rutger’s University in 2003. Tent State will be a visual protest against the complacent campus lifestyle of many of the students at the University of Minnesota. Our goal is to create an alternative campus that for one week will be the site of many events such as speakers, forums, documentaries, teach-ins, music, art, and much more. All of these events will take place outside Northrop Mall, a highly traversed area at the university. To further create a sense of community we will be setting up tents and camping out in the area, hence the name tent state. Many of the events will be put on by both student groups and local community groups. Through this event we hope to engage students in their community be presenting them with many issues that face the world today and then showing them groups that allow them to act on these issues.

I wanted to encourage everyone to get involved if they are interested (check out the group on facebook or email me) and to let me know if you know of or are part of a group that may be interested. We are also looking for volunteers to conduct short workshops. These can be on just about anything you want (whether it involves yoga, art, or anything) so if you have a special skill or know someone who does, let me know!

Katie (

March 31, 2008

Class cancelled for tonight (3.31)

Hi everyone,

Due to illness (and possibly the weather), class is cancelled for tonight. To make up for class, please complete this writing assignment. We will stay on schedule for next week with our 3 group presentations.

Please send me an email ( to let me know that you have read this message.

March 26, 2008

Articles for next week

The articles on radical feminism and Valerie Solanas are both available through our e reserves site. Click here to access e reserves. Once you are on the e reserves site, click on the first link (electronic reserves and reserves pages). Then, you will need to enter our course password. Please email if you have lost the password or if you have any questions about accessing the articles.

March 25, 2008

Revised syllabus

Here is the revised syllabus that I distributed last night in class.

Some help on your paper topics for the radical section…

Several of you have asked for a little more direction in your assigned 5-page essays for the Radical and Revolutionary Sections. You may still choose to organize and write about the essays in other ways, but if you are struggling with a topic for the radical section and would like more direction, you may write on one of the following options:

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March 22, 2008

Reminder about readings for this week

I hope you all had a great break! Just a reminder about the readings for Monday. We will be discussing the essays from the Sisterhood section (the manifestos) and
1. Lorde, Audre. “Age, Race, Class and Sex: Women Redefining Difference? (WOF, 284-292).
2. Smith, Barbara. “Some Home Truths on the Contemporary Black Feminist Movement? (WOF, 254-268).
3. Wallace, Michele. “Anger in Isolation: A Black Feminist’s Search for Sisterhood? (WOF, 220-227).

I will also hand out a revised syllabus on Monday. See you then!

February 29, 2008

Central Corridor, local news

Hey everybody,

This doesn't have to do with class content but I found it interesting. I don't know if any of you have heard about the new Central Corridor project that was recently approved. The state wants to put a light rail line connecting St. paul to Minneaoplis. Sounds like a good idea, right? Well, I read an article in the Pioneer Press yesterdeay and found many problems with the idea. The line would run from the new Twins ballpark to Union Depot in St. Paul, with a six block chunk of the line along Washington Ave closed to traffic. For more info, see the article in the Pioneer Press at Some "major issues" still have to be ironed out and these are most definitely major - streets being altered, parking eliminated, and maybe even closing the Washington Ave bridge to automobile traffic. I just wanted other opinions on the subject - I am not in favor of the idea; I think there are better things to spend our money on and lots of issues with this plan.

February 28, 2008

Fearless Filmmakers presents Fearless Females

TONIGHT, Thurs 28 -- Oak Street Cinema at 7pm, $7 for Students

Documentaries or short films by female filmmakers.