WS 2AA3: Introduction to Feminist Thought
Memorable learning moment
In your WS journal, write a paragraph to describe one learning experience (at school, home, extracurricular
activity or somewhere else; from childhood to present) that you remember most vividly. What did you learn
then? What feeling emerged when you had it (if applicable)? (5 min.)
Please use discretion, because it may be discussed in class later.
Analytical response ~ Clarification about the assignment
You will read an article and write a response to it BEFORE you hear the material being discussed in lecture
You will submit a response about an article at the top of (or alternatively, at the end of) the lecture when the
article is discussed.
There are only 3 lectures before the reading week; 2 responses need to be done by then.
Key concepts from Lecture 2
Feminist standpoint theory
Gender analysis (e.g. Marxist, radical feminist and dualsystems theory)
‘Difference’ in feminist theory (e.g. Third Wave feminism and postmodern – to be further discussed in future
Critical thinking and feminism
“Everything we do is rooted in theory.[...] there is [...] an underlying system shaping thought and
“most of us were socialized [...] to accept sexist thinking. Feminist thinking and feminist theory urges us to
[figure out roots of our perceptions]” (ibid.).
http://wupa.wustl.edu/record_archive/1998/031998/2368.html Differences and feminism
Why is it important to embrace ‘differences’ for feminism (i.e. movement to end sexism and sexist
exploitation and oppression)?
How do you define ‘differences’ that matter for feminism?
School education and difference
How school education reinforces the statusquo, such as sexism, gender norms, racism, classism and
Underlining values of education
Parental roles to support children’s education
“What is Feminist Pedagogy?” (Shrewsbury 1993)
c.f. Pedagogy of the Oppressed (Freire 1968)
Memorable learning moment (2)
Discuss with your elbow neighbour about this learning experience:
what you learned
what made this learning experience most memorable
whether or not the knowledge, skills or other things you acquired in this learning moment still applicable for
While listening to your neighbour’s input, summarize and write it down in your journal. (8 min.)
Class Discussion – Tell us what your neighbour said to you! Modern education system and learning moments
What factors in the current educational system prevent val