Senior Project Advisor
Feminism as theory, Feminist politics, nonbinary, gender fluid
The way we think, understand, and speak about gender is changing . In 2019, more people than ever are identifying as nonbinary or gender fluid. Feminism as theory and as political practice has long assumed the subject of ‘women’ as its primary and essential subject, but the issues and subjects that feminism speaks for are not necessarily self-identified or even perceived as ‘women.’ Through analyzing influential feminist works and thinkers, I aim to elucidate the identitarian commitment of canonical feminism, and to offer an alternative to the politics of feminism as always grounded in the subject of ‘women.’ My thesis develops four central approaches for a feminist politics that is attentive to a plurality of subjects: 1) examining the connective tissue of emotions and experiences to better grapple with how subjects are constructed, 2) opening the category of ‘women’ to resignification and new associations, 3) decentralizing ‘women’ as the primary and sole subject of feminism, and 4) taking a post-structural approach to grapple with the constructed and conditional nature of ‘women,’ and all subjects.
Frost, Gwen, "The Subject(s) of Feminism: Gender Identity, Emotion, and Deconstruction in Contemporary Feminist Politics" (2019). WWU Honors Program Senior Projects. 139.
Subjects - Topical (LCSH)
Feminist theory--Political aspects; Feminism--Political aspects; Gender noncomformity--Political aspects
student projects; term papers
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