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Women of Color and Feminism: Seal Studies

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In this Seal Studies title, author and professor Maythee Rojas offers a look at the intricate crossroads of being a woman of color. Women of Color and Feminism tackles the question of how women of color experience feminism, and how race and socioeconomics can alter this experience. Rojas explores the feminist woman of color’s identity and how it relates to mainstream cultu ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published December 1st 2009 by Seal Press (first published 2009)
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This book should have been titled "Women of Color and Feminism in the United States". As I was looking specifically for a book about non-US experiences/feminism, this book is pretty much the opposite of what I wanted.

I found it a bit disjointed, too shallow for someone who already has had contact with the subject, yet not very appealing for the beginner. Some parts are a bit annoying such as the insipid anecdotes about being a professor and the random Donna Summer hate.

Also I really hate the use
Feb 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is an excellent overview of the history and issues faced by cisgender women of color in the United States.

My major problem with the book is that there is only a passing mention of transgender women in the introduction (and then they are ignored), ironically in a section stating how they are commonly ignored in queer and feminist activism. There are several sections where the experiences of trans women of color communities would have been completely appropriate and on topic, they should not
Dec 09, 2009 marked it as on-and-off-again
p. 49: "According to an Amnesty International 2005-2006 study, homicide is the third-leading cause of death among Native American women, and they are victimized 2.5 times more often than other ethnic groups. In addition, one in three Native American women will be raped at some point in their lives, a rate that is more than double that for non-Native women. In most cases, their attackers are non-Native."

p. 54: "Yet perhaps the most frustrating and symbolic of the "inherently violable" ideology of
Aug 26, 2011 rated it liked it
For being an introductory I didn't find it to be an "easy read". It was clear and concise, but dealt with complex identities and systems of oppresion. Therefore, I recommend having a base of understanding (or experience with!) anti oppression work already in order to get the most out of this read.
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Women of Color and Feminism
By Maythee Rojas
Seal Press

Using examples from history, pop culture and the Internet, Rojas—a professor of women’s, gender and sexuality studies—
offers insight into the experience of being both a feminist and racially “othered.”
Dec 07, 2010 rated it it was ok
A very basic intro. Shallow analysis.
Feb 02, 2011 rated it did not like it
painful to finish...
Jul 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Essential reading for everyone, basically.
Sep 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
a basic, but well written introduction
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I also started this in December and didn't finish, gonna get back to it this weekend.
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