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Radical Feminism

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This is a reading group on radical feminism. 

What is radical feminism today?  How can we incorporate radical feminist practices in our activism and everyday lives?   This class will approach these questions through reading and discussing contemporary feminist texts (reading 20-50 pages per week), and talking about these ideas in relation to our experiences and situations. 

 See for previous and current readings (continuing from the first session of this class this spring). 

To give you a brief intro to the reading group, we've decided to plan out the first three meetings, and to leave open the remaining meetings to be determined collectively by all of us in the group.  
For the first meeting, we won't read anything but rather we'll introduce ourselves, talk about our goal's for the reading group, and talk about potential readings.  So, please feel free to bring anything you'd be interested in reading.  Also, we'll talk about potential more concrete projects that we could create together through the class (such as anti-sexist guerilla art like stickers and stencils, a feminist collective, a consciousness-raising group, an art show, a film series, a workshop, among many other exciting possibilities).  We could also brainstorm about potential speakers we would like to ask to come to our collective to talk about current feminist projects in the Twin Cities.
For the second meeting, we'll read a text that is an accessible yet powerful introduction to feminism: bell hooks' _Feminism is for Everybody_ (the first six chapters, about 35 pages).  If you'd like to get started on that early, you can download it here: -- under week 5.  We'll post all of the readings on this blog, and we'll also make available printouts for those of you who need them.
For the third meeting, we'll read a short essay called "The Gender Knot: What Drives Patriarchy" by Allan G. Johnson (scan coming soon), as well as a book chapter that introduces many different types of feminisms (liberal, anarchist, eco, communist, anti-racist, etc.).
Our schedule is open from then on, and we're excited to plan the rest of the readings with you all!  :)

 To find the best time and day for us to meet, please use this online scheduling page here:  

If you'd like to participate in the reading group this summer, please click this link, enter your name, and select all of the times that would work for you on a weekly basis.  Maggie and I chose these five possible times as ones that would work for both of us.  We're hoping that at least one of these will work for most of us.  This will be our first meeting, and then we'll meet weekly at that time/day.  
We are still working on confirming a location for our meetings.  We're looking at either the True Colors bookstore or the Midtown Global Market.  We'll have a confirmed time and place by the end of June.
Facilitator email(s): 
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Mpls - TBD MN
United States
Mpls - TBD MN
United States
Facilitator's experience: 
Eli has facilitated a few EXCO classes before (Radical Feminisms, Theorizing the University, Disorientation Guide). Maggie participated in the Radical Feminism reading group this Spring, and she liked it so much that she decided to help facilitate the continuation of it.
Facilitator phone number(s): 
Class minimum size: 
Class maximum size: 
Class times: 
Thu, 07/01/2010 (All day) - Thu, 08/26/2010 (All day)
Additional class time information: 
TBD collectively once all participants have signed up
Mpls - TBD MN
United States
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