Gloria Anzaldúa

1,950 mile-long open wound dividing a pueblo, a culture, running down the length of my body, staking fence rods in my flesh, splits me    splits me me raja      me raja (Anzaldúa 1987: 2) This piece was written by Chicana (a women/girl of Mexican descent or origin) scholar Gloria Anzaldúa. Chicana studies are silenced in almost every aspect, especially given the politicizing narrative that becomes unnecessarily attached to them, such as “illegal immigrants”. Above, the graphic description describes Anzaldúa’s personal experience growing up on the US-Mexican border. Not ideal by any measure at all. Anzaldúa is considered pivotal to Third World feminism, a [...]

By |2021-10-31T00:06:16+00:00June 18, 2021|Philosophers to Know|Comments Off on Gloria Anzaldúa

The Four Waves of Feminism

Coming off our blog post last time about Judith Butler, queer studies, and feminist theory, it’s fitting to understand the history of feminism and how it has evolved through the centuries. People often have the misconception that all feminism is the same, remaining static throughout history. While there are certainly some similarities among the different “waves” of feminism, or movements, there are major differences that characterize the goals and methods utilized by each wave. Let’s go through each one of them, discussing the major figures and desires of each. First Wave Feminism occurred during the late 19th century, characterized by [...]

By |2021-10-31T00:06:42+00:00June 4, 2021|Things to Learn|Comments Off on The Four Waves of Feminism

Judith Butler

One aspect of critical theory that is overlooked, even by prominent academics, is queer theory, gender studies, and philosophical feminism. Judith Butler is a philosopher whose work intersects with each of these different areas in the 20th century. Her best-known work, Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity, continues the notion that gender is socially constructed, critiquing the conventional notions of gender and sexuality that she views as perpetuating traditional patriarchal values. She extends this further by explaining it as a justification for the oppression of homosexuals and transgender persons. By stating that gender is socially constructed, she means [...]

By |2021-10-31T00:07:08+00:00May 21, 2021|Philosophers to Know|Comments Off on Judith Butler

Firelight

While we often believe of learning philosophy through reading large and abstract books that can be daunting, philosophy is not simply limited to what we read from the text. Exploring philosophical principles and opportunities for discussion abound in movies. One that I've watched recently is "Firelight", starring Cuba Gooding Jr and Q'orianka Kilcher. “Firelight” tells the story of young female inmates who find a new lease on life by becoming volunteer firefighters. As the movie transpires, the audience becomes immersed in the upbringing that these young women come from, many from a very troubled background riddled with violence, drugs, and neglect [...]

By |2021-10-31T00:07:39+00:00May 7, 2021|Things to Watch|Comments Off on Firelight

Kwame Anthony Appiah

Racial discourse has come to dominate modern political discourse and rightfully so. While America has made strives to reform its racial foundation that determines political, social, and economic interactions, the concept of race has entered into the American vernacular and societal consciousness. Kwame Anthony Appiah, rather than taking a socio-historical, classist, metaphysical, or scientific context, approaches through this previous frame of understanding. Appiah comes to approach the notion of "biological race" as problematic, arguing that these categories and labels are actually detrimental to the individual by constraining their freedom and limiting their possibilities. Essentially, the categories of race that we [...]

By |2021-10-31T00:08:11+00:00April 23, 2021|Philosophers to Know|Comments Off on Kwame Anthony Appiah

Mindfulness

Philosophy is mistaken for high-level academic work that constructs new concepts and exists only in big, old books that are hard to pick up. However, philosophy goes beyond this limited understanding. Instead, it can be loosely understood as the love for wisdom and development of the brain, which has a multitude of connections to everyday life. Philosophy intersects nearly every aspect of the world, enabling us to better think about how to train our brains. One sector of this is mindfulness. The philosophy of mindfulness begins with the basic premise that we are able to be fully conscious and aware [...]

By |2021-10-31T00:08:39+00:00April 9, 2021|Things to Learn|Comments Off on Mindfulness
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