Describe and analyze lesbian or cultural feminism. You may choose to think about some of the following questions: what were some of the major ideas promoted by lesbian or cultural feminist groups such as the Radicalesbians, or by writers, artists, and activists including Adrienne Rich and Barbara Hammer? What is a “woman-identified woman”? What is “compulsory heterosexuality?” How did lesbian feminists understand patriarchy, and how did they interpret the goal of the feminist movement? Finally, what were some of the critiques offered by feminists of these strategies and ideas?

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    1. Describe and analyze lesbian or cultural feminism. You may choose to think about some of the following questions: what were some of the major ideas promoted by lesbian or cultural feminist groups such as the Radicalesbians, or by writers, artists, and activists including Adrienne Rich and Barbara Hammer? What is a “woman-identified woman”? What is “compulsory heterosexuality?” How did lesbian feminists understand patriarchy, and how did they interpret the goal of the feminist movement? Finally, what were some of the critiques offered by feminists of these strategies and ideas?
    2. Describe and analyze law enforcement violence against women of color. How do gender and sexuality structure encounters with policing, the prison industrial complex, and other institutional forms of violence? How do multiply-marginalized subjects experience violence? What is missing from the analysis of violence against women as it is sometimes articulated by mainstream forms of feminism?
    3. What is “hegemonic masculinity” according to Micheal Kimmel? What ideas and assumptions tend to structure this form of masculinity, and how does it contribute to expressions of racism, sexism, or homophobia? What does Kimmel mean when he argues that masculinity is a “flight from the feminine” and that it is a “contest between men”? How do Pascoe and Sedgwick reinterpret some of these ideas? How are other, diverse forms of masculinity experienced?
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