Contemporary Topics in Feminism

Feminism—the belief that all women deserve economic, political and social equality to men—is the undergirding philosophy for this class, which will examine contemporary issues for girls and women in America. Readings will consist of cornerstones of feminist thought in conjunction with modern essays and memoirs. Topics will include the representation of girls and women in the media; objectification, harassment, and assault; the treatment of girls in the classroom and women in the workplace; friendships, relationships, and internalized misogyny; the historical quest for women’s rights; and a continuing exploration of the unique strength and solidarity of womanhood. Intersectionality and privilege will be considered throughout the course. Students will develop awareness, analytical skills, and a nuanced, historical perspective on what it means to be a woman in modern-day America. This course is open to students in 11th and 12th grade. (Semester, .50 credit)