Introduction to Feminist Thought and Action is an accessible foundation that whets appetite for further study. It provides a non-US-centric introduction to gender studies, covering topics like 19th-century African, Chinese, and Arab movements, and foregrounds Black and Indigenous feminisms. Several case studies—the Aztecs and the Spanish, Agriculture and Gender, Beauty and Authority, Racial Stereotypes, and US Voting Rights—reveal how the interconnected architecture of privilege and oppression affects issues like globalization, media, and the environment. Feminist theories about race, sexuality, class, disabilities, and more culminate in step-by-step instructions for applying intersectionality and practicing activism. Rich with 19 diverse first-person voices, it brings feminism to life and lives to feminism.
Introductory Material; Preface: What’s This Book?; Part One: Stakes and Stories; Chapter 1: Stakes; Chapter 2: Stories; Part Two: Ways of Thinking; Chapter 3: Cultural Differences; Chapter 4: Indigenous Feminisms ; Part Three: Times and Places; Chapter 5: Power and Authority; Chapter 6: Justice Movements; Part 4: Theory Today; Chapter 7: Feminist Theories; Chapter 8: Feminisms and Theorists; Part 5: Activism Today; Chapter 9: The Power of Activism; Chapter 10: #WTF I Can Do; Conclusion: Feminism Is; Contributor Biographies; Index