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.
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