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. Over the summer, before our official launch, we posted five meditations by CSWGS faculty inspired by the phrase “Woman Card” that received over 700 views.

Our current topic is: Organize 


Angela Davis said it fearlessly and with precision.

I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.”

The way that Davis changed those things she refused to accept was through organizing: Black people, women, prisoners, and others who were called to action in part through Davis’ commitments to radical transformation.

To organize is to draw together and to arrange. It aims to be an active verb that pulls subjects to it in constellations of interrelation. We are organized by myriad “systems” of qualification: hierarchies and inequalities that call upon sexism, racism, classism, ableism and many others to ensure their continuance. It is through these deformations that many human societies have been organized, but also where we may see a path toward dis-organizing such hegemonies.

In this Rice Feminist Forum, we invite you to arrange your thinking around the topic of “organize” – in all its permutations – and perhaps even in its dis-organizational capacities of resistance.

The deadline for submissions is February 16, 2018. 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 We will post all submissions that our moderator, Helena Michie, deems 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 feel free to include a public domain image that could accompany your essay.