Readings / Schedule

We currently meet every Thursday, 7pm at the GLCCB (241 W. Chase Street).  Check below to see what we’ll be discussing.

Current Reading(s) for Thurs the 2nd of May, 2013 *** NOTE, April 25th Meeting Canceled! 

List of past readings

  • S. Federici, Caliban and the Witch 
  • Capitalism for (Ex)Dummies
  • Starhawk, Webs of Power 
  • Selma James, “Women, Unions and Work”
  • Loic Wacquant, “Crafting the NeoLiberal State,” 2010
  • Jo Freeman, “The Tyranny of Structurelessness”
  • Robyn Weigman, “Anatomy of a Lynching”
  • “Towards an Insurrectionary Transfeminism” By Some Deceptive Tr***ies & When Feminism is Revolting” “When Feminism is Revolting” by Sallydarity
  • “A Very Careful Strike” By Precarias a la Deriva
  • “Racial Ethnic Women’s Labor: The Intersection of Race, Gender and Class Opression” by Evelyn Nakano Glenn
  • Letter to a Gender Rebel & Gay Shame Opposes Marriage in Any Form
  • “This is a Prison, Glitter is Not Allowed” by Hearts on Wire Collective
  •  Jane: Documents from Chicago’s Clandestine Abortion Service 1968-1973
  • “”Whose Feminism is it Anyway? The Unspoken Racism of the Trans-Inclusion Debate” by Emi Koyama
  • “Why Do They Hate Us?” Mona Eltahawy and responses: in The Arabist, Jadaliyya (here and here), Ceasefire, and the Guardian. Interviews/debates with Mona here and here.
  • Chandra Mohanty, “Under Western Eyes”
  • Privilege Politics is Reformism – Black Orchid Collective
  • YAWF Women’s Caucus
  • Toni Morrison, What the Black Woman Thinks about Women’s Lib
  • Radicalesbians, “Woman-Identified-Woman”
  • Third World Women’s Alliance
  • Kimberle Crenshaw, Intersectionality
  • Frank Wilderson, Gramsci’s Black Marx 
  • Smith, Andrea Heteropatriarchy and the Three Pillars of White Supremacy 
  • Irigaray, Women on the Market
  • Helene Cixous, Laugh of the Medusa
  • Kathy Miriam, Towards a Phenomenology of Sex-Right
  • Valerie Solanas, SCUM Manifesto
    “SCUM will not picket, demonstrate, march or strike to attempt to achieve its ends. Such tactics are for nice, genteel ladies who scrupulously take only such action as is guaranteed to be ineffective. In addition, only decent, clean-living male women, highly trained in submerging themselves in the species, act on a mob basis. SCUM consists of individuals; SCUM is not a mob, a blob. Only as many SCUM will do a job as are needed for the job. Also SCUM, being cool and selfish, will not subject to getting itself rapped on the head with billy clubs; that’s for the nice, `privileged, educated’, middle-class ladies with a high regard for the touching faith in the essential goodness of Daddy and policemen. If SCUM ever marches, it will be over the President’s stupid, sickening face; if SCUM ever strikes, it will be in the dark with a six-inch blade.”
  • Dean Spade, Compliance is Gendered
    This article discusses the way the State—via the criminal justice system/carceral apparatus and welfare system—disciplines gender. Dean draws our attention to how poor people are more vulnerable to gender policing because they are more likely to be entangled in high gendered institutions (jails, homeless shelters, welfare offices, etc).
  • Vivian Namaste, “Against Transgender Rights”
  • Dorothy Roberts, Privatization and Punishment in the New Age of Reprogenetics
  • Cassandra Shaylor, “It’s Like Living in a Black Hole: Women of Color and Solitary Confinement in the Prison Industrial Complex”
    This article discusses the racist, classist, and misogynistic dynamics of the use of solitary confinement in women’s prisons. 61.4 percent of the women at the prison Cassandra surveyed were women of color, 40 percent of whom were black. About 60 percent of women in prison are also survivors of sexual abuse, and solitary confinement can make them particularly vulnerable to assault by prison guards. The article explores the deep psychic trauma caused by being forced to live in a “black hole”—a hidden zone characterized by racist and patriarchal humiliation, social isolation, and sensory deprivation.
  • Charles Mills, The Racial Contract
    Traditional contract theory undermined by racial analysis– Mills describes an unwritten racial contract which can (must) violate the formal social contract developed during Enlightenment
  • Support ZINE
  • Octavia Butler, Bloodchild
  • Glenn, “From Servitude to Service Work,” 1992
  • Emi Koyama, Transfeminist Manifesto http://www.confluere.com/readings/pdf-rdg/tfmanifesto.pdf
  • Laurel Clark, Beyond the Gay/Straight Split: Socialist Feminists in Baltimore
  • Nancy Tuana, The Speculum of Ignorance: The Women’s Health Movement and Epistemologies of Ignorance
  • Dalla Costa and James – -Women and the Subversion of the Community
    “These observations are an attempt to define and analyze the “Woman Question,” and to locate this question in the entire “female role” as it has been created by the capitalist division of labor.”
  • Selma James — Sex, Race and Class 
    “There has been enough confusion generated when sex, race and class have confronted each other as separate and even conflicting entities. That they are separate entities is self-evident. That they have proven themselves to be not separate, inseparable, is harder to discern. Yet if sex and race are pulled away from class, virtually all that remains is the truncated, provincial, sectarian politics of the white male metropolitan Left. I hope to show in barest outline, first, that the working class movement is something other than that Left have ever envisioned it to be. Second, locked within the contradiction between the discrete entity of sex or race and the totality of class is the greatest deterrent to working class power and at the same time the creative energy to achieve that power.”


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