Featured image (from top left, clockwise): Black Lives Matter protester Nekima Levy-Pounds; a participant at London Pride in 2013; protestors defending DACA in Los Angeles in 2017; Marsha P. Johnson instigator of the Stonewall riots.
The Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality (CSWGS) at Rice University is pleased to invite contributions to the Rice Feminist Forum. Now more than ever feminist voices are needed to address them. Several times a semester, we will post a prompt for a different topic and ask for contributions from Center faculty affiliates, graduate certificate students, undergraduate majors, and Advisory Board members.
Our current topic is: RAGE.
Soraya Chemaly describes a childhood encounter with rage as fine china wordlessly flung by her mother from their home’s veranda, a startling prelude to the quiet routine of dinner preparations and kitchen-table homework supervision. Rebecca Traister remembers her rage as “shaking and red-faced” on a cable news network appearance where she parsed the sexism endured by a woman politician. Brittney Cooper, who will be delivering the Gray/Wawro lecture on April 11th, writes of being unsettled by a former student’s testimony to the impact of Cooper’s “eloquent rage” in the classroom.
Chemaly, Traister, and Cooper have all published books in the past year pursuing the connections between rage and feminism. “The Uses of Anger,” to borrow from Audre Lorde’s 1981 essay, have been a longstanding concern of queer and feminist thinkers. If rage is, as Traister argues in Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger, “the force that injects energy, intensity, and urgency into battles that must be intense and urgent if they are to be won,” how have you mobilized rage? Has rage won any battles? What are some formative encounters you have had with rage? What does rage enable? What are rage’s limits? The Center invites you to consider these and other questions as we extend this conversation about rage’s possibilities.
Submissions will be edited and posted as they come in. We hope to get contributions both from the CSWGS community and beyond. Please send all submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will post all submissions that our moderators deem on topic and appropriate for our audience. We accept submissions on a rolling basis, and will post submissions in groups as they are edited and approved. Please include a title for your piece, and please include a public domain image that could accompany your blog post.