Women’s Studies informs every discipline at TCU. It promotes critical thought and reflection, sharpens written and oral communication skills, and trains students in sensitivity to multiple perspectives. As our society becomes more diverse, and as women assume greater leadership in society, individuals educated in the critical theories and methods of Women’s Studies have highly marketable skills.
Although women now comprise 56% of the college population nationwide, women are still significantly underrepresented in decision-making positions in academe; they also continue to earn far lower salaries in the corporate world. There has never been a more important moment for placing women and gender at the center of the academic enterprise.
Dr. M. Fran Huckaby (Education) recently had an article published in the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education 26.5 (2013): 567-79, "Much more than power: the pedagogy of promiscuous black feminism."
This paper explores promiscuous black feminism by juxtaposing black feminism, Foucualt’s poststructuralism, and my grandmother. The tensions created by these juxtapositions illuminate the ways black feminism and poststructuralism are resources and challenges to each other, and how both offer understandings of the relations at play that shape identities and lives. Making use of these theories and lessons from my grandmother, I explore the necessity and dangers of experience in theorizing power and vulnerability in theorizing experience. Focusing on experiences and feminist lessons from my grandmother, I propose that much more than power is at play.