Professing Feminism

Professing Feminism

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Feminists have often called Women's Studies the 'academic arm of the women's movement.' But Daphne Patai and Noretta Koertge charge that the attempt to make Women's Studies serve a political agenda has led to deeply problematic results: dubious scholarship, pedagogical practices that resemble indoctrination more than education, and the alienation of countless potential supporters. In this new and expanded edition of their controversial 1994 book, the authors update their analysis of what's gone wrong with Women's Studies programs. Original chapters feature interviews with professors, students, and staffers who invested much time and effort in Women's Studies, and new chapters look primarily at documents recently generated from within Women's Studies itself. Through critiques of actual program mission statements, course descriptions, newsletters, and e-mail lists devoted to feminist pedagogy and Women's Studies, and, not least, the writings of well-known feminist scholars, Patai and Koertge provide a detailed and devastating examination of the routine practices found in feminist teaching and research.initiated a Canadian Public Issues Project, which developed curricular materials on controversial topics such as abortion, euthanasia, law enforcement methods, cultural diversity, and sex education, 6 those who designed these ... or two periods explicitly designated for a€œsounding off, a€ and thena€”very deliberatelya€” change the classroom atmosphere to one of a calm and careful weighing of pros and cons.

Title:Professing Feminism
Author: Daphne Patai, Noretta Koertge
Publisher:Lexington Books - 2003-02-04

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