3 Weeks


About the Course

The contemporary feminist discourse emerged during the 1970s with different implications, and its interpretations are often contested. Nevertheless, feminism is an intellectual commitment and political movement that aspires to eliminate sexism, sexist exploitation, and oppression. It is important to note that just because the term involved the word ‘feminine’ does not imply that it encourages men-hating or that all and only males are sexist in society. Instead, it advocates gender equality and women’s liberation under the patriarchal society that systematically, politically, and culturally discriminates against women. There are different approaches to feminist philosophy, all of which share a common criticism of institutions, presuppositions, and the practices that have historically favoured men over women.

Black feminist legal scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw first suggested the term intersectionality in 1989, which refers to a way of understanding and analysing the complexity in the world, in people, and in human experiences. Crenshaw argued that women of colour (WoC) are often the product of intersecting patterns of racism and sexism by using male violence, namely battering and rape, against women as evidence. It is important to point out that the intersection of racism and sexism factors in the lives of WoC cannot be entirely captured when accounting for them separately. Unfortunately, the early feminist and antiracist discourses only considered a single identity, be it sex or race; hence people with intersectional identities, such as WoC, were frequently marginalised within both. As a result, it is widely believed that intersectionality is a heuristic analytic tool for feminism.

Your Instructor

Marcus Harris

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Marcus Harris