I have never taken a class in relation to feminism so this class really aided in my understanding of what feminism means to me and what it means to others as well. My favorite section was the section about family values because I thought the discussions were exciting in that everyone has different family values and the definition isn't as clear cut as one may think. I also really like the day we watched "Free to be you and me" because it showed a lot of issues within family values and it helped me look at family values from a feminist perspective. I found some of the papers to be rather difficult because there were so many different reading and perspective to take into account and it was somewhat overwhelming. I think that the papers helped me organize my thoughts and understanding of what was going on with the feminist issues being presented. For me, this class was difficult because I felt as though I needed the basics before I could critically analyze all of the specific issues presented in class. I would have been a lot more comfortable with the material if I had a class prior to this class to offer me a platform of knowledge of feminism to work with. I thought the blogging experience was very helpful because it helped me look at other people's opinions and insights, which helped me understand reading and certain issues. I think the blog allowed me to get a lot of different information, so if I didn't understand one person's comments or opinions I could read someone else's. The blog was a very good learning tool for me personally. Twitter was very difficult for me to follow, I think because I had never used it and really didn't get engaged as much as I did with the blog. I do think that twitter is a useful tool for educating large amounts of people about feminist issues. I would tell students thinking about entering this class to have a groundwork of feminist theory before entering, otherwise they may feel lost at times like I did. Also I would advice future students to read the reading critically and bring the reading to class as pages are referenced very often during conversation. All and all I really enjoyed this class and the insight it gave me in relation to feminism and feminist theory.
DE April 25
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