feminist pedagogy in (public) practice.

October 10, 2010 § Leave a comment

I wrote this little thing up for my Feminist Pedagogy course this fall and thought I’d post it here too.

Andreana Clay is a queer Black feminist scholar residing and teaching in California. She’s also a blogger and tweeter. She describes herself in an ‘About Me’ section as “a queer, thirty-something, Black feminist who lives in the Bay Area. . .i write this blog because I want to see more queer, Black and feminist voices out there.”

Her writing practices feminist pedagogical principles because she critically confronts many of the complex issues that resonate with those of us that identify ourselves as both feminists and teachers. The public nature of her writing is also consistent with a femped perspective because she is creating opportunities for dialogue – for anyone who is online and interested. Attentive conversations, in a space that acknowledges and appreciates difference, are made accessible, without tuition, applications, or a TOEFL score. Clay tackles the intersections of many issues that are too often addressed in narrow terms.

The sad news is that, for whatever reason, Clay doesn’t update often or regularly. Even so, I think her blog is a good example of what “public” feminist pedagogy can look like.

Another example of feminist pedagogical principles in action via-blogging can be found at Radicalicious.com, especially the blog’s Roundtable posts. In a Roundtable post several individuals come together to reflect on issues of race in pop culture in regard to a new television show/episode. The dialogue is shared in transcript. Radicalicious has also used the work of Andreana Clay to initiate a conversation about queer women of color and masculinity in hip hop (here).

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