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Teaching Women's Studies in Conservative Contexts
Considering Perspectives for an Inclusive Dialogue

Edited By

Cantice Greene

ISBN 9780367597146
Published August 14, 2020 by Routledge
182 Pages

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Book Description

Women’s Studies is a field that inspires strong reactions, both positive and negative, inside and outside of the classroom. The field, partly due to its activist origins, is often associated with liberal ideology and is therefore chided by students and others who identify as conservative. The goal of this book is to introduce conservative perspectives into the issues of gender, sexuality, race, and power that are topics of teaching and discussion in women’s studies courses. The book also aims to provide examples of pathways by which conservative students and scholars can engage the field of women’s studies, not as opponents, but as contributors. Contributors including administrators, activists, scholar-teachers, artists, and ministers come together in this collection to engage in writing and response and to add their approaches to teaching and administering women’s studies on their campuses.

Table of Contents

1. Hip Hop and the Interrogation of Privilege  Judy Isaksen  Response: On Hip Hop, Poetry, and the Shared Journey of Womanhood  Amena Brown  2. Making a Conservative Appeal for Reproduction Rights to a (Mostly Catholic) Student Populace  Cecili Chadwick  3. Remedying Sexual Asymmetry with Christian Feminism: Some Orthodox Christian Reflections in Response to Erika Bachiochi, “Women, Sexual Asymmetry, and Catholic Teaching”  Maria Lastochkina  4. Negotiating Feminism When Color and Credo Trump Gender  Cantice Greene  Response: “It Don’t Matter If You’re Black or White!”: Feminist Pedagogy, Isolation, and Growth of the Discipline  Le’Brian A. Patrick  5. The Metaphysics of Social Justice: Coalitional Activism at the Intersections of Sexism, Racism, and Heterosexism  Jennifer McWeeny  Response: Prevailing Values Amidst Seasonal Activism  Latona F. Disher  6. Women’s Learning Circles in Conservative Churches  Monica Carol Evans  Response: The Gospel of Gender: Ethically Teaching Social Liberalism in Conservative Contexts  Veronica N. Gravely  7. Practicing Conversation: Research on Conservative Women  Lihi Ben Shitrit  Response: Strategies for Inclusive Conversation  Meagen Farrell  Response: The Paradox of the Feminist Religious Radical: “What Kind of Extremists Will We Be?”  Megan T. Wilson-Reitz  8. Voices of Administrators  Cantice Greene with Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Julie Hartman-Linck, Stanton Jones, and Scottie May

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Cantice Greene is Assistant Professor of English at Clayton State University.