As an educator and a student situated in women, gender and sexuality studies, we find it of great importance to analyze our relationship with each other and with our fellow students and teachers. As both student and teacher, we are already actively engaged in social justice work. As a teacher, Melissa wants not only to support and nourish the work of her students, but she also wants to give students the theoretical tools necessarily to fully analyze and frame their experiences. In other words, she wants them to understand the connections between theory and practice in order to be informed feminist scholar-activists. As a student, Emily not only wants to support the work of her peers, but she also wants teachers to better understand the lived experiences of this generation of college students so that teachers can fully support the important work of today's young feminists. Our hope is that this dialogue will provide some insight for accomplishing these goals.
Copyright © 2011 Institute for Teaching & Research on Women/Towson University. This book chapter first appeared in And finally we meet: Intersections & intersectionality among feminist activists, academics and students.
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Ooten, Melissa, and Emily Miller. "Waves of feminism: Discussions and disruptions." In And finally we meet: Intersections & intersectionality among feminist activists, academics and students, by Alice E. Ginsberg, 40-47. Towson, MD: Institute for Teaching & Research on Women/Towson University, 2011.