Inclusive Teaching and Learning ‘Gender’

How could you apply the resources to your own teaching practice?

I would apply the resources to my own teaching practice in the perspective of equal opportunity. http://supportingtransstudents.myblog.arts.ac.uk/ UAL has made available a wide range equality issues in the context of gender equality. However, I would continue on this subject by looking at it, in a wider collective meaning.  Higher education has a key role to play in deconstructing the issues connected to contemporary social movements on emergent formations of power. This includes challenging the anti-education, anti-expertise and anti-intellectual strands of post-truth populism, as well as paying attention to the ways that gendered inequalities are potentially reproduced through pedagogical spaces and formations of difference (Burke, Crozier, and Misiaszek 2017Burke, P. J.G. Crozier, and L.Misiaszek2017Changing Pedagogical Spaces in Higher Education. Diversity, Inequalities and MisrecognitionLondonRoutledge. [Google Scholar]).

 

How could you integrate the research/work your students do on this subject into your teaching/professional practice?

Using my above response, I would focus on the topic of Gender Equality and Diversity to look at the subjects in terms of books, journal articles and online resources, exhibitions that are related to the subject. I would encourage the student to work in pairs and create a mind map,  the word ‘gender’ would be there starting point to produce ideas and words that relate to and around gender to be used for research, writing and class discussions.

Here is an interesting  paragraph taken from Monica Mookherjee book, from the introduction. How can one negotiate and integrate the claims of feminism and multiculturalism through a discourse of rights? This is a timely question: the apparent opposition between feminist and multicultural justice is a central problem in contemporary political theory. It also responds to a deep suspicion about invoking a political discourse that is accused of being either eurocentric, androcentric or both. In this book Monica Mookherjee draws on Iris Young’s idea of ‘gender as seriality’ in order to reconfigure feminism in a way that responds to cultural diversity. She contends that a discourse of rights can be formulated and that this task is crucial to negotiating a balance between women’s interests and multicultural claims. The argument is worked through in the context of a set of difficult dilemmas in modern liberal democracies: *the resurgence of the feminist controversy over the Hindu practice of widow-immolation (sati) *gender-discriminatory Muslim divorce laws in the famous Shah Bano controversy in India *forced marriage in South Asian communities in the UK.

Examples cited:

Women’s rights as multicultural claims : reconfiguring gender and diversity in political philosophy / Monica Mookherjee. Publisher: Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, 2011.

Gluck Art and Identity/ Edited by Amy de la Haye and Martin Pel. Publisher: Yale University Press 

Diversity in Disney films [electronic resource]: critical essays on race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality and disability / edited by Johnson Cheu.

https://libsearch.arts.ac.uk/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=267992&query_desc=keyword(s)%3A%20Gender%20diversity

Diversity in gender and visual representation: a commentary

Adrienne Evans

Pages 473-479

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13562517.2018.1467160

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/jun/22/the-age-of-patriarchy-how-an-unfashionable-idea-became-a-rallying-cry-for-feminism-today (Charlotte Higgins).

Discuss two things you learnt from the text.  And one question/provocation you have about the text.

   Two things I learned from the text:

  1.  Patriarchy is deep-rooted which we are subjected to from childhood.
  2. Patriarchy teaches certain views on how we are suppose to behave. For instance, Bell Hooks own life example, how her father beat her with a stick for being more dominant than her brother, alsoTerrence Real’s son interest in girls clothing, and his friends expressing to him that boys were not expected to behave in that way.  

this was taken from an interesting article by Charlotte Higgins. The concept of “patriarchy” has offered itself as the invisible mechanism that connects a host of seemingly isolated and disparate events, intertwining the experience of women of vastly different backgrounds, race and culture, and ranging in force from the trivial and personal to the serious and geopolitical. For it allows us to ask, according to the philosopher Amia Srinivasan, “whether there is something in common between the Weinstein affair, the election of Trump, the plight of women garment workers in Asia and women farm workers in North America, and the Indian rape epidemic. It allows people to ask whether some machine is at work that connects all the experiences they’re having with all the experiences others are having.” The return of “patriarchy” raises the question: does the naming and understanding of this invisible mechanism offer the key to its destruction?

Watch the film: Pay it No Mind- The life and times of Marsha P.Johnson:

Discuss any reflections you have on the film.

I have never heard of Marsha P Johnson until I watched the video. This was a fascinating documentary, Johnson was an extraordinary strong black American transgender, LGBTQ rights activist who was murdered on July 6th 1992 at the age of 46. She was at the centre of racial justice and gay liberation. She was part of the Stonewall riots. created S.T.A.R (Street Transvestite Action Revolutionariers), and modelled for Andy Warhol and also a drag artist and prostitute. It was very sad that Johnson was harassed by trans-phobic hatred from people while walking down the streets, and discriminated by those in authority including police brutality. It was a bit sad to watch and seeing that Johnson was treated extremely cruel for been herself and yet she wouldn’t harm anyone.  “Marsha P. Johnson could be perceived as the most marginalized of people — black, queer, gender-nonconforming, poor. You might expect a person in such a position to be fragile, brutalized, beaten down. Instead, Marsha had this joie de vivre, a capacity to find joy in a world of suffering. She channeled it into political action, and did it with a kind of fierceness, grace and whimsy, with a loopy, absurdist reaction to it all.” Susan Stryker, an associate professor of gender and women’s studies at the University of Arizona. Similar to Marsha P. Johnson most transgenders are subjected to cruel hate violence and are victims of severe discrimination in there everyday lives.

 

6 Replies to “Inclusive Teaching and Learning ‘Gender’”

  1. I like your choice of exampled cites for reading and research. to find out more I visited this site: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1057/cpt.2010.32
    as I haven’t read ‘Women’s rights as multicultural claims: reconfiguring gender and diversity in political philosophy / Monica Mookherjee. ‘ Looks like there are some good information and questions on the subject that are suggestive for interesting student outcomes. Likewise Diversity in Disney films and study into films produced by Disney how there reflect and also respond to Patriarchy in terms of gender and race. The same can be said about computer games where there has been a lack of positive and diverse representation.

    1. response to your comments. here is a paragraph from Monica Mookherjee book taken from the introduction.
      How can one negotiate and integrate the claims of feminism and multiculturalism through a discourse of rights? This is a timely question: the apparent opposition between feminist and multicultural justice is a central problem in contemporary political theory. It also responds to a deep suspicion about invoking a political discourse that is accused of being either eurocentric, androcentric or both. In this book Monica Mookherjee draws on Iris Young’s idea of ‘gender as seriality’ in order to reconfigure feminism in a way that responds to cultural diversity. She contends that a discourse of rights can be formulated and that this task is crucial to negotiating a balance between women’s interests and multicultural claims. The argument is worked through in the context of a set of difficult dilemmas in modern liberal democracies: *the resurgence of the feminist controversy over the Hindu practice of widow-immolation (sati) *gender-discriminatory Muslim divorce laws in the famous Shah Bano controversy in India *forced marriage in South Asian communities in the UK.
      However, The book diversity in Disney film by Cheu Johnson is essays exploring gender, race, sexuality and disability, critical whiteness studies, masculinity and disability studies, emphasize on the meaning how Disney’s have an effect on us cultural and social. I have just flicked through the book and it has some Interesting articles.

  2. The reference material and further reading in your Examples cited look very interesting and thank you for adding them to your blog.
    I also have not been aware of Marsha P Johnson and I found the video documentary equally fascinating. The fact that despite the cruelty and adversity that she appeared to face on a daily basis from bigoted individuals she still had a sense of generosity care and compassion. I am looking forward to delving a little more into this fascinating individual and the changes to diversity that she was a part of at that time.

    1. response to your comments. here is a paragraph from Monica Mookherjee book taken from the introduction.
      How can one negotiate and integrate the claims of feminism and multiculturalism through a discourse of rights? This is a timely question: the apparent opposition between feminist and multicultural justice is a central problem in contemporary political theory. It also responds to a deep suspicion about invoking a political discourse that is accused of being either eurocentric, androcentric or both. In this book Monica Mookherjee draws on Iris Young’s idea of ‘gender as seriality’ in order to reconfigure feminism in a way that responds to cultural diversity. She contends that a discourse of rights can be formulated and that this task is crucial to negotiating a balance between women’s interests and multicultural claims. The argument is worked through in the context of a set of difficult dilemmas in modern liberal democracies: *the resurgence of the feminist controversy over the Hindu practice of widow-immolation (sati) *gender-discriminatory Muslim divorce laws in the famous Shah Bano controversy in India *forced marriage in South Asian communities in the UK.

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