WGS 200 Final Essay: A Critical Essay on “The Future of Feminism” “I myself hav


WGS 200 Final Essay: A Critical Essay on “The Future of Feminism”
“I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is; I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat.”
–Rebecca West, The Clarion, November 14, 1913
DUE DATE FOR ESSAY (5 pages minimum): May 11 at 11:59 pm via Canvas Assignments Portal.
A NOTE ON STYLE AND FORMATTING: Your paper should be 5 full pages in length. Adhere to the basic tenets of formal writing: cogent organization and analysis, careful editing and proper formatting. Consistently cite your sources using the Chicago Manual of Style documentation system or the MLA or APA style. State your style in your paper. .
HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR ESSAY: Submit your essay to Canvas “Assignments” as a file with a Google Docs link. I will not grade papers that are sent to my email address. You may write the essay at any time, and you may turn it in any time up till the deadline for our class on the University’s final exam schedule. Given time constraints on grading final exams and calculating final grades, late papers will be subject to penalties.
INSTRUCTIONS:
Write a 5-page paper, evaluating the work of three contemporary feminist thinkers (contextualized with three course texts) to answer this forward-looking question:
What is the future of feminism?
To break this down a bit, what are next steps that feminist praxis (theory and practice) should take to focus feminist intervention in the world you are entering into? To put it yet another way, how might you use what you’ve learned this semester to contribute via feminist praxis to a better future?
In organizing your essay, you should think more specifically about the following questions. These are guiding questions to help you construct your essay; do not turn in a list of bulleted responses to these guiding questions:
What are the roots of feminist praxis (theory and action) that provide the tools or knowledge base you’ll need to call upon to explain your ideas to your reader? (who is your feminist forebear and what did they do/say/think that inspires you? Reference appropriate course source[s] here).
Does feminism, as an intellectual tradition and social philosophy, continue to constitute the basis for social and political movements in the United States and around the world? If so, why and in what ways do we need feminist theories and principles as we work to make the world a better place? In other words, what problem[s] are you addressing &/or what success[es] are you building on?
How might barriers or fault-lines within feminism (TERFs, monolithic approaches to feminist praxis, and white fragility are a few of the issues we’ve looked at — please reference appropriate course sources here) make working as feminists for a better world more difficult? In other words, what challenges have feminists faced, or will face, that will need to be addressed?
Include specific examples of the ways in which three contemporary thinkers and activists are building on and expanding feminist theory and activism to advocate for greater equality. (Reference course texts and/or supplemental materials from Canvas here).
Which of these thinkers and theorists merit the greatest support to challenge the most urgent problem, amplify the most needed voices, etc. If you see them working together to provide a strengthened intersectional model, so much the better! What does that model for activism and thought look like?
How can you apply this model to your professional, personal, or school life? Focusing on a particular issue that we’ve studied that you feel is most urgent in your local context or community will allow you to make this application concrete.
Use texts/videos/modules assigned throughout the semester for context and history. At least 3 context sources from the semester must be referenced in addition to the sources to support your analysis of 3 feminist thinkers — so a total of 6 course sources should be included; you may also reference relevant blogs, vlogs, books, and articles that we did not read in class includind recommended sources and additional sources you may be familiar with. You can get a head start on this final project by clicking on the “Final Project Resources” page included in the Final Exam Module in Canvas.


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