I have produced a series of introductory undergraduate lectures on the subject of feminism and gender: the first introduces the concept of gender, the second tackles discussions around universalism and intersectionality, the third explores issues around reproduction, and the fourth applies an intersectional analysis to the topic of gender, power and violence. I have also produced a fifth which covers how to write an undergraduate essay.
These lectures are free for academic colleagues and others to download, adapt and use as they see fit. They should be seen as introductory rather than comprehensive: there is plenty I have missed! Consider this a work in progress and a small contribution to the rich array of gender-related teaching resources which exist online.
This lecture explores how we understand gender: as a binary (which intersects with other binaries); as a spectrum; and as a political device. It challenges biologically essentialist notions of what gender is, examines how genders are constructed, performed and politicised, and engages with the role of broader structures such as capitalism, colonialism and globalisation. Click the image above to download the Prezi. Click here to view the transcript for text readers.
Universalism and Intersectionality
This lecture presents gender as a key locus of oppression, explores the development of intersectionality by black feminists and how this both challenged and refined white feminists’ critiques of male universalism in mainstream academia and society. It also engages with notions of solidarity and ‘shared sisterhood’, particularly in relation to arguments from postcolonial feminists and trans feminists, and asks questions about what a truly inclusive, intersectional, transnational feminism would look like. Click the image above to download the Prezi. Click here to view the transcript for text readers.
This lecture asks questions about the gendered distribution of reproductive labour and attempts to control reproduction (and women) within the structures of patriarchy, capitalism and colonialism. It also explores how the gendering of reproduction is fractured by other categories such as (dis)ability, race and class; how reproductive rights have been granted to (and fought for on behalf of) some groups but not others; how mainstream feminism has tended to operate with implicit ideas about the ‘right’ sort of reproduction and family. It ends by exploring two alternatives: the artificial reproduction advocated by Firestone; and the ‘full surrogacy now’ demanded by Lewis. Click the image above to download the Prezi. Click here to view the transcript for text readers.
Gender, Power and Violence
This lecture attempts to construct an intersectional analysis of gender, power and violence. It asks questions about: how acts, threats and allegations of violence both reflect and reproduce gendered and intersecting power relations; who is more likely to be able to claim state protection and who is more frequently a focus of (violent) state governance; how our definitions of violence and victimhood are shaped by intersectional identities and oppressions; and, how these dynamics enter the political and geopolitical spheres. Click the image above to download the Prezi. Click here to view the transcript for text readers.
How to write an essay: a very short introduction
This is an introductory lecture which covers basic essay-writing skills. Click the image above to download the Prezi. Click here to view the transcript for text readers.
I hope you find these resources useful – if so, do recommend them to colleagues.
Feminism 101 by Alison Phipps is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.