"Gender and Society" and us in the classroom

writings of brooklyn college students

by Marianne Madoré

Before every class, undergraduate students enrolled in my "Gender and Society" course at Brooklyn College sent me their response papers. They left me inspired and in wonder. They shook me up. They always taught me something new.

This semester we had read the work of major feminist thinkers. A multitude of conversations began, as students engaged with the theories of bell hooks, discussed house chores duties with Emma Goldman and Angela Davis, and traveled with the prose of Audre Lorde and Gloria Anzaldúa.

The intelligence of these response papers could not be kept the sole secret of the instructor.

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Students enrolled in the Fall 2019 course "Gender and Society" turned some of their writings into public-facing opinion pieces. This site features their work as a snapshot of the difficult discussions and collective reflections that took place during this semester.

Scroll down to start reading. You can read the pieces in the order they appear or jump back and forth between the categories.

To access the syllabus of the course, visit the course site.

All the texts are licensed under the "All Rights Reserved Copyright (C)."

Opinion Pieces

Black Feminist Thought

  • Black Feminists in Power

    by Juana Norales

    A Response to The Combahee River Collective Statement

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  • Is My Race More Important Than My Sex?

    by Blair Grant

    A response to Audre Lorde - Age, Race, Class and Sex: Women Redefining Difference

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  • No Solace at the Crossroads

    by Steven Maldonado

    A response to Audre Lorde - Age, Race, Class and Sex: Women Redefining Difference

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Our Lives in the Patriarchy

On Liberal Feminisms

  • Take My Rights & Now My Voice

    by Paige Durrant

    A response to the Sojourner Truth Project

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  • I Understand her Message

    by Alana Ash

    A response to the Sojourner Truth Project

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  • Fighting the Good Fight

    by Crystal Campbell

    A response to Amanda Renteria - Stop Asking if Women are Electable,

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  • Talking Values out Both Sides of your Mouth

    by Denise Davis

    A response to Toni Morrison - How Can Values Be Taught in the University?

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On Radical Feminisms

On House Chores and Marriage

on colonialism

  • ­Assimilation and Alienation

    by Toni Bryant

    A response to Barbara Cameron - Gee, You Don’t Seem Like an Indian From The Reservation

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  • Decolonize Feminism! Women Can “Save” Themselves!

    by Julia Duze

    A response to Lila Abu-Lughod - Do Muslim Women Really Need Saving?

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  • En Busca de una Identidad

    by April Sosa

    A response to Gloria Anzalduá - La Conciencia de La Mestiza / Towards a New Consciousness

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  • What Keeps Us Divided

    by Anonymous

    A response to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - The danger of a single story

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    Marianne Madoré
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