What College Students Must Endure

What College Students Must Endure
By FrontPage Magazine
FrontPageMagazine.com | October 18, 2006

Women’s Studies 50 [UC Santa Barbara]

Winter 2006, 1610 Broida Hall
Mondays and Wednesdays, 4-5:15 pm

Professor Grace Chang TAs Becca Hartman and Jessi Quizar
gchang@womst.ucsb.edu becca_hartman@umail.ucsb.edu
Office hours: 5:30-6:30 pm jquizar@umail.ucsb.edu
Mondays and by appointment Office hours: TBA
4704 South Hall, x 7414

Women are social justice leaders in their daily lives, in individual and collective acts of resistance, in local communities and transnationally. In this course, we will examine some of the salient issues that poor women, women of color, immigrant women,
Third World women, incarcerated women, women with disabilities, and queer people confront and resist around the world. It is not intended to be a survey of social movement histories, but a consideration of contemporary social justice issues that impact and are impacted by women through various means of resistance and social justice organizing. These include organizing against welfare deform, prisons, reproductive rights abuses, globalization, and human trafficking, and for civil, immigrant, labor, welfare, sovereignty, prisoners’, disability and queer rights.

Several questions frame our studies in the course, including: What is resistance and how is it achieved by different means, including organized social movements? What conflicts in feminism arise in these movements, and how can we negotiate these? How do social justice issues and movements intersect with each other, and with what results? These intersections offer the potential for creating solidarity and collaboration among social justice movements or for creating divisions and conflict. Our challenge is to identify the intersections between issues impacting women, and to seize these connections to create viable alliances and broader communities from which to forge resistance.

Course listserv:

Course announcements and current readings will be posted through a course list serv. You are required to subscribe yourself to this listserv in the first week of classes. Go to:


When you subscribe, enter your full name in order to receive credit for fulfilling this course requirement. Once you have subscribed to the listserv, you can post articles, announcements, etc. by sending a message to revolution.womst@mail.lsit.ucsb.edu

Please be sure to save a confirmation of your subscription to turn in to your TA for credit.


Disposable Domestics: Immigrant Women Workers in the Global Economy , by

Grace Chang, South End Press, 2000

The main text is a collection of readings assembled in a reader that will be available by Wednesday, 1/11/2006 at Grafikart,

6550 Pardall Road

Isla Vista , phone: 968-3575

Some readings will be made available only in the reserve book service in Davidson Library, on electronic reserve http://eres.library.ucsb.edu/ or through the course listserv.

You are responsible for securing and reading all materials offered through these services. In addition, you are encouraged to contribute relevant news items and readings by posting them on the listserv or bringing them to class/discussion section.


Yellow Apparel: When the Coolie Becomes Cool, Getup Standup Production

New World Border , Peek Media

Farmingville, Carlos Sandoval and Catherine Tambini

Maid in
, Anayansi Prado, Impacto Films

Eating Welfare, Youth Leadership Project of CAAAV

Life and Debt, Stephanie Black

Live Nude Girls Unite!, Julia Query

We Just Telling Stories , Medea Project , Video/Action Fund

System Failure: Violence, Abuse, and Neglect in the
California Youth Authority

K e Kulana He Mahu: Remembering a Sense of Place , Zang Pictures

Fenced Out! , FIERCE (Fabulous Independent Educated Radicals for Community Empowerment)

Vital Signs: Crip Culture Talks Back, Fanlight Productions

Secrets Wars of Desert Storm

I will sometimes show portions of films in class during lecture then place the film on reserve at the Reserve Book Service or Learning Lab. In some cases, you will be required to view the rest of the film on your own time. Other times this will only be recommended.

Class Schedule


Monday, January 9 Introductions

Discuss class goals and requirements; Review syllabus and all required text sources;

Setting guidelines for class discussion, Defining meaningful participation

Popular Education principles and Guidelines for Creating a Community of Learners

Strategies for Being an Effective Ally

Some Daily Effects of White Privilege, from Peggy McIntosh, White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack

Wednesday, January 11 What is Resistance?

Robin Kelley, “Congested Terrain,” from Race Rebels: Culture and Politics in the Black Working Class

Jacqueline Jones, “My Mother was Much of a Woman,” from La bor of Love, Labor of Sorrow: Black Women, Work and the Family, From Slavery to the Present

Cherrie Moraga, “La Guera,” from Loving in the War Years

June Jordan, “Notes Toward a Model of Resistance,” from Some of Us Did Not Die

Aurora Levins Morales, “The Political is Personal” and “False Memories: Trauma and Liberation,” from Medicine Stories: History, Culture and the Politics of Integrity

Sections: Enrollment matters, Introductions, Sign up for facilitation weeks 3 through 10

Week 2 Connecting the Personal, Political, Local, Global

Monday, January 16 No class for Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

Wednesday, January 18

See and discuss Yellow Apparel: When the Coolie Becomes Cool or
New World Border

Grace Chang, Disposable Domestics: Immigrant Women Workers in the Global Economy, chapters 1-2

Selected articles from From the Borderline to the Colorline: A Report on Anti-Immigrant Racism in the
United States

Week 3 Immigrant Women Workers Bite Back

Monday, January 23 The Hands that Rock the Cradle…

View and discuss Maid in

Sauling Wong, “Diverted Mothering: Representations of Caregivers of Color in the Age of Multiculturalism,” from Mothering: Ideology, Experience, Agency eRes

Grace Chang, Disposable Domestics: Immigrant Women Workers in the Global Economy, chapters 3-4

Assignment: Gather information for your personal budget, details TBA, to use in class on January 25

Wednesday, January 25 The Welfare Queen and other Enduring myths

Popular Education Workshop: Living on a Welfare Budget

[See and discuss Farmingville ]

Grace Chang, Disposable Domestics: Immigrant Women Workers in the Global Economy review chapter 2 and read chapter 5

GROWL (Grassroots Organizing for Welfare Leadership), “Welfare Reform as We Know It” (Copies available in Reserve Book Service only)

Week 4 Immigrant and Welfare Rights Organizing

Monday, January 30 The Hands That Feed Us…

Guest talk by Mily Trevino-Sauceda , Founding Director of Lideres Campesinas

Ana Castillo, “A Countryless Woman: The Early Feminista” and “The Watsonvillle Women’s Strike, 1986: A Case of Mexicana Activism” from Massacre of the Dreamers: Essays on Xicanisma

Annelisa Wunderlich, “Good Food, Cheap Labor” and Rebecca Gordon, “The Hands that Feed Us,” from Colorlines magazine, Winter 2001-2

Wednesday, February 1 Low Wage and No-wage Workers

Turn in Paper 1

See and discuss Eating Welfare , by the Youth Leadership Project of CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities,
Bronx , NY

[Volunteers for SAPs workshop, to be done in class Monday, Feb 6]

Week 5, Criminalizing Women’s Work and Crimes Against Women

Monday, February 6 Sex Work and Trafficking: The Oversexed Debate

See and discuss Life and Debt

Popular Education workshop: Mr. World Bank and the SAPs Dating Game TBA

Alison Murray, “Debt-Bondage and Trafficking: Don’t Believe the Hype”

in Kempadoo and Doezema, eds.

Anne Lacsamana, “Sex Worker or Prostituted Woman? An Examination of the Sex Work Debates in Western Feminist Theory,” from D. Aguilar and A.E. Lacsamana, eds., Women and Globalization

Wednesday, February 8 Sex Worker Rights Organizing

See and discuss Live Nude Girls Unite!

Veena Oldenburg , “Lifestyle as Resistance: The Case of the Courtesans of
Lucknow , India ”

Kamala Kempadoo, “The Exotic Dancers
Alliance : An Interview with Dawn Passar and Johanna Breyer,” from K. Kempadoo and J. Doezema, eds., Global Sex Workers: Rights, Resistance, and Redefinition

Amalia Lucia Cabezas, “On the Border of Love and Money: Sex and Tourism in

and the
Dominican Republic ,” from Labor Versus Empire: Race, Gender and Migration

Week 6 Justice Matters: Women, Law Enforcement and Prison

Monday, February 13 Incarcerated Women

See and discuss We Just Telling Stories or We are Not Who You Think We Are

Meda Chesney-Lind, “Imprisoning Women: The Unintended Victims of Mass Imprisonment,” and

Beth Richie, “The Social Impact of Mass Incarceration on Women,” from Invisible Punishment: The Collateral Consequences of Mass Imprisonment

Wednesday, February 15 The Promise and Perils of “Restorative Justice”

See and discuss “System Failure”

Kim Gilmore, “Slavery and Prison—Understanding the Connections,” Social Justice ,

vol. 27 No. 3 2 articles below on eRes

Vanessa Huang, “Unlocking the System,” Alternet.org/story/21247, February 14, 2005

Grace Chang, “Restorative Justice: An Alternative Model, Its Prospects and Perils”

Week 7 Organizing Across Borders

Monday, February 20 No Class

Wednesday, February 22 The Maquiladora Murders

Paper 2 due

See and discuss Senorita Extraviada

Marjorie Agosin, “Death in the Desert: The Women of
Ciudad Juarez ”

Alicia Gaspar de Alba, “The Maquiladora Murders”

Emma Perez, “So Far From God, So Close to the
United States ”

Week 8, Women on War, War on Women

Monday, February 27 Brown Women Saving Our Own Damn Selves

See and discuss portions of Beyond Borders and Women and War

Lila Abu-Lughod, “Do Muslim Women Really Need Saving? Anthropological

Reflections on Cultural Relativism and Its Others,” American Anthropologist

Eve Ensler, “Under the Burqa,” Vagina Monologues

Noy Thrupkaew, “What Do Afghan Women Want?”

Sonia Shah, “Unveiling the Taleban Dress Codes Are Not the Issue, New Study Finds”

Wednesday, March 1 Women in War, at War, Against War

“Ten Reasons Why Militarism is Bad for Reproductive Freedom,” from Militarized Zones: Gender, Race, Immigration, Environment, A special issue of Political environments (PE No. 10)

from After Shock: September 11, 2001 Global Feminist Perspectives , edited by Susan Hawthorne and Bronwyn Winter:

“Diverse Women for Diversity Statement” Drafted at Globalisation, Environment and People’s Survival Conference

Paola Bacchetta, Tina Campt, Inderpal Grewal, Caren Kaplan, Minoo Moallem, and Jennifer Terry “Transnational Feminist Practices Against War” Statement

Sunera Thobani, “It’s Bloodthirsty Vengeance”

Janelle Brown, “
Fatima ‘ Speaks: Resisting the Taliban”

Week 9 Sexuality as/and Resistance

Monday, March 6 Sovereignty and Sexuality

See and discuss Ke Kulana He Mahu: Remembering a Sense of Place

Helen Zia, “Out on the Front Lines,” in Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People

American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), “AFSC
Hawai’i Gay Liberation Program: Activist Materials Addressing Tourism”

Haunani Trask, “Lovely Hula Hands”: Corporate Tourism and the Prostitution of Hawaiian Culture, in From a Native Daughter: Colonialism and Sovereignty in

Paula Gunn Allen, “Hwame, Koskalaka and the Rest: Lesbians in American Indian Cultures”

Wednesday, March 8 Queer Liberation: What’s Race Got to Do With It?

See and discuss Fenced Out!

Yoko Yoshikawa, “The Heat is On Miss Saigon: Organizing Across Race and Sexuality”

Barbara Smith, “Where’s the Revolution?” Part 1 and Part II, from The Truth That Never Hurts: Writings on Race, Gender, and Freedom

Justin Anton Rosado, “Corroding Our Quality of Life,” from That’s Revolting! Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation , edited by Mattilda, aka Matt Bernstein Sycamore

Week 10 Inevitable Intersections: Disability, Race, Welfare, Warfare

Monday, March 13 Disability Rights and Culture

See and discuss Vital Signs: Crip Culture Talks Back

Ruth Hubbard, “Abortion and Disability: Who Should and Who Should Not Inhabit the World?” from The Disability Studies Reader , Lennard J. Davis, ed.

Douglas Baynton, “Disability and the Justification of Inequality in American History,” in The New Disability History: American Perspectives , Paul K. Longmore and Lauri Umansky, eds.

Siobhan Brooks, “Black Feminism in Everyday Life: Race, Mental Illness, Poverty and Motherhood,” from Colonize This!, Daisy Hernandez and Bushra Rehman, editors

Wednesday, March 15 Intersections

See and discuss portions of Secret Wars of Desert Storm and AXIS Dance

Final Exam Questions given out; Course Evaluations


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