"I'm Not a Militant Feminist": Exploring Feminist Identities and Feminist Hesitations in the Contemporary Academy
AbstractDrawing on interviews with twenty-one university women (students, teaching assistants and faculty), I show how and to what extent university women's studies classrooms are a route to feminism. Some of the women in this study are reluctant to call themselves feminists and operate with a largely personalized version of what constitutes feminism. But rather than see this as a failure of feminism as a social movement, I argue that it is useful to attempt to see the positive effects of an individualist approach to feminism operating at the micropolitical level of agency. Résumé En se basant sur vingt et une entrevues de femmes universitaires (étudiantes, aide-enseignantes et le corps enseignant), je démontre comment et jusqu'à quel point les classes universitaires d'études des femmes sont la voie vers le féminisme. Certaines des femmes qui ont participé à cette sont réticentes à s'appeler féministes et opèrent avec une version grandement personnalisée de ce qui constitue le féminisme. Plutôt que de voir ceci comme un échec du mouvement féministe et social, je soutiens qu'il est utile d'essayer de voir les effets positifs d'une approche individualiste au féminisme qui opère au niveau micro-politique de l'agence.
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