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The Future is Feminist Book Club

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The coronavirus epidemic has made the vulnerability of the human body all too palpable. Anyone can get sick. Yet some populations are more vulnerable than others. The virus has cast these inequities and injustices - born of histories of racism, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia - into high relief. Can attending to shared bodily vulnerabilities strengthen individual and collective responses to structural inequalities? How do care, critique, and surveillance coexist in a moment in which our responsibility to and for one another has taken on additional urgency? What do differing definitions of what some are calling a “culture of mutual responsibility” convey about institutional and governmental priorities? Is mutual responsibility possible within the context of physical and social distancing?

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October 18: Self-Care and Mutual Aid

Elijah Adiv Edelman, 'Beyond Resilience: Trans Coalitional Activism as Radical Self-Care"
Hi‘ilei Julia Kawehipuaakahaopulani Hobart; Tamara Knees, "Radical Care: Survival Strategies for Uncertain Times"
Micki McGee, "Capitalism's Care Problem: Some Traces, Fixes, and Patches"
Cotten Seiler, "The Origins of White Care"
Dean Spade, "Solidarity Not Charity: Mutual Aid for Mobilization and Survival"

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November 15: Emotional Labor: Mothering as Activism

Alison Jaggar, “Love and Knowledge: Emotion in Feminist Epistemology”
Patricia Hill Collins. "The Meaning of Motherhood in Black Culture and Black Mother-Daughter Relationships”
Diana Taylor, “Making a Spectacle: The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo”: 
https://www.vox.com/21353939/portland-wall-of-moms-collapses-to-form-moms-united-for-black-lives

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