WGSS 308
Parenting for a Feminist-Queer-Trans World Spring 2023
Division II Difference, Power, and Equity

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Perhaps you want to understand your own experience being parented; perhaps you are a parent, or hope to become one, and you want to reflect on your intentions; perhaps you want to understand what various scholars, activists, and activist-scholars have said about how parenting matters. This class will provide you with the time, information, and other resources necessary to explore the following question: what difference does it make when we put “feminist,” “queer” and/or “trans” in front of parenting? More specifically, how do these modifiers change the forms and practice of parenting, ideally and in fact? What are the associated philosophies and structures that justify and enable these forms and practices? In this course, we will conceptualize parenting in a capacious way, as a kind of ongoing relationship that can obtain not only between an adult and a child they are “raising,” but also between adults who are not conventionally considered “related.” The purpose of this class is threefold: 1) to enable you to develop your own parenting philosophy, 2) to use “parenting” as a window to explore differences in feminist, queer, and trans thought, and 3) to use “parenting” as a springboard for imagining better institutional arrangements and articulating societal ideals. To realize these goals, we will mine our experiences, talk to lots of parents, and engage both scholarly and popular resources on parenting.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 20
Expected: 15
Class#: 3137
Grading: yes pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: One 6 page book review; Three contributions to resource compendium; One episode for the group podcast; One 10 page final essay
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Preferences: WGSS majors
Distributions: Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
DPE Notes: We will be looking at the difference that understanding parenting differently, and/or practicing it with feminist, trans, and queer goals in mind does/might make in relation to the ends of equity and inclusion. We will also be attentive, however, to differences in ideas about what feminist, trans and queer parenting entails -- and how relations of power internal to groups make certain ideas about what feminist, queer, and/or trans parenting entails more accessible than others.
Attributes: WGSS Racial Sexual + Cultural Diversity Courses

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