Here’s our first post. Every week we will be posting a little food for thought to get the juices going for the upcoming section.
The topic of our first section is: Identity.
Starting at 6:00pm on Monday, March 12th at Libertalia, we’ll be looking to elaborate on and complicate the concept of Identity. We will discuss why and which identities are important to us and build upon that to discuss how many, if not all, of our identities can be as confining as they are liberating.
Some suggested readings by Deirdre:
The readings begin to demonstrate for us intersections of race, gender and class; also showing us how language is tied to identity. We begin to question: what is a woman? Is there a “woman’s experience”? Reflect on personal experiences. How are some groups of people discussed as having different levels of privilege in the readings? How does privilege seep into our everyday experiences, conversations and lives? These are potential concepts and questions we may discuss in our first meeting, regarding the concept of “identity”.
- Sojourner Truth: “Ain’t I A Woman?”, December 1851
- Simone de Beauvoir, “Introduction: Woman as Other.” The Second Sex.
- Obioma Nnaemeka, “Womanism - Bibliography.”
Some suggested readings by Daniela:
These readings deal with examples of a few particular identities, including the ones we choose for ourselves, the ones we (sometimes try to) perform, and the ones (erroneously) given to us by others.
- Sinclair Sexsmith, “Define: Identity Alignment Assumptions.” Sugarbutch Chronicles. A quick intro to a super useful concept when it comes to talking about identity.
- Sinclair Sexsmith, “Femme Invisibility & Beyond.” Sugarbutch Chronicles. This link will lead you to one of my favorite pieces -ever- on gender, identity, and performance.
- Clyde Smith, “How I Became A Queer Heterosexual.” This is the story of how the writer of the piece “became a queer heterosexual.” An interesting narrative that touches a little on queer theory and with references at the end that can lead into a massive exploratory trip.
All readings are optional, and if there is something out there (a video, an image, a reading, anything) that you think would be interesting to think about before our section, submit it or email it to us (email@example.com) and we’ll put it right here!
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