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Soc. Sci. 2017, 6(3), 102; doi:10.3390/socsci6030102

Foundational Gender Theory for a Dangerous World: Intersectional Gender Seminar in the Fight against Rape Culture

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Brace Center for Gender Studies and English Department, Phillips Academy, 180 Main St., Andover, MA 01810, USA
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English Department, Berea College, 101 Chestnut St., Berea, KY 40404, USA
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Received: 21 May 2017 / Revised: 18 August 2017 / Accepted: 24 August 2017 / Published: 1 September 2017
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This paper focuses on a team-taught gender studies colloquium in the spring term of 2016 at Phillips Academy at Andover. Having heard the loud and clear message coming down from college campuses and being familiar with their harrowing statistics of gender-based violence and sexual assault, we knew that we must educate high-school students about gender theory, gender-based violence, and sexual-assault prevention as early as possible. The course introduced students to foundational texts in intersectional gender theory and key concepts as they are understood and used in critical interdisciplinary studies of gender. We explored how these concepts are taken up from different perspectives to address specific social problems, particularly rape culture—actions, events, and attitudes that normalize, trivialize, and highlight an overarching pattern of sexual assault, more often than not directed at women—and the implications of these critical approaches for thinking about and acting in the world. View Full-Text
Keywords: rape culture; intersectionality; panopticism rape culture; intersectionality; panopticism
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Vidal, F.; Hawthorne, T. Foundational Gender Theory for a Dangerous World: Intersectional Gender Seminar in the Fight against Rape Culture. Soc. Sci. 2017, 6, 102.

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