- Frances Beale – "Double Jeopardy: To be Black and Female"
- Linda La Rue (introduction)
- Patricia Haden, Donna Middleton and Patricia Robinson – "A Historical and Critical Essay for Black Women"
- The Combahee River Collective – "A Black Feminist Statement"
- Cheryl Clarke – "Lesbianism: An Act of Resistance"
Laurencia Sáenz Benavides gave an overview of the readings and facilitated the discussion. We were lucky to be joined by members from the Netherlands and Bristol (around 16 people in total), and very lucky, again, to have Kristie Dotson joining us from the States.
Among other things, we spoke about how the different texts articulated and problematised hierarchies of oppression, and about the process and functions of myth-making, as it appears in e.g. 'A Historical and Critical Essay for Black Women'. In relation to myth-making, we split up into break-out groups to discuss how philosophical, intellectual labour can be performed in media other than texts (e.g. films, television, music).
We were also fortunate to be joined by Samia Malik, from the Women of Colour Index, who gave us an insight into the work that WOCI do – focussing on improving the visibility of women of colour artists – and how that bore on the discussions being had.
We were in a new room this week, and had a few technical and practical issues – but Zoom continues to work well (once it's up and running) – and we look forward to the next group, in a fortnight's time (which will be held exclusively on Zoom, because of UCU strike action).
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