Week 3: wrap-up
We wrap-up our conversations labeled defining feminism, womanism, masculinity this week, but we will work from these foundations for the semester. This next week’s conversation and readings will play a large part in that foundation as well.
But, this post is about wrapping-up week 3. I wanted to leave you all with a few notes and a few observations.
Note 1: There was much we did not get to talk about from the readings and from the talks of Adichie and Porter. Throughout the semester, you might consider returning to watch and listen to Porter and Adichie. I do, though, want to point to 2 concepts in our readings that I think must be highlighted:
In her description of a womanist worldview, Layli Marpayan writes “Self-actualization is the foundation of positive social change because free, creative, expressive, self-loving individuals make the most altruistic political actors and the most responsible and accountable servants of humanity” (43). She defines the process of self-actualization as one that includes self-knowledge; self-love; freedom to explore, express, and create from the place of one’s own vision; and a baseline of physical health.
Ewuare X. Osayande worries about his 2 boys, “As long as domination and violence are considered central parts of masculinity, I worry about the future for my two boys. At ages eleven and eight, they are still becoming aware of themselves in the world. I am learning how quickly sexist socialization can take place. The system is relentless; it bombards my sons with sexist and racist messages on a daily basis.” (42)
Osayande writes an essay about his own process of self-actualization. He ends that essay by sharing how he is hoping that his own journey affects those around him, beyond just his own family. I learned new things from you this week. Even though I have been studying and reading these theorists for some time, your explorations offer me interpretations I hadn’t before considered. Thank you. How does your journey affect those around you?
We are enjoying reading your journal postings. Keep them going!
Last note: There are no rights and wrongs on your postings as long as you fulfill all of the 3 bulleted requirements in the prompt. BUT… and this is a biggie… from here forward (meaning DJP #2 forward), if you would like to get all of the credit for your post, pay attention to required videos and read the essays. When you haven’t, and have simply plucked the first line out of an essay or completely mis-interpreted a speaker’s meaning, it is noticeable. Most of you were quite insightful in your postings! Keep that going!