Badass Feminist Politics: Exploring Radical Edges of Feminist Theory, Communication, and Activism (Paperback)

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Badass Feminist Politics: Exploring Radical Edges of Feminist Theory, Communication, and Activism (Paperback)

By Sarah Jane Blithe (Editor), Janell C. Bauer (Editor), Sarah Jane Blithe (Contributions by), Janell C. Bauer (Contributions by), Angela N. Gist-Mackey (Contributions by), Ashley R. Hall (Contributions by), Shardé M. Davis (Contributions by), Anita Mixon (Contributions by), Andrea Ewing (Contributions by), Prisca S. Ngondo (Contributions by), Cerise L. Glenn (Contributions by), Melanie Duckworth (Contributions by), Kelly J. Cross (Contributions by), Idrissa Snider (Contributions by), Rebecca Mercado Jones (Contributions by), Jayna Marie Jones (Contributions by), Siobhan Smith-Jones (Contributions by), Johnny L. Jones (Contributions by), Savaughn Williams (Contributions by), Robin M. Boylorn (Contributions by), Tina Harris (Contributions by), Cassidy D. Ellis (Contributions by), Sarah Gonzalez Noveiri (Contributions by), Ruth J. Beerman (Contributions by), Michael S. Martin (Contributions by), Lydia Huerta Moreno (Contributions by), Ana Gomez Parga (Contributions by), Maureen Ebben (Contributions by), Cheris Kramarae (Contributions by), Kathleen Rushforth (Contributions by), James McDonald (Contributions by), Sara DeTurk (Contributions by), Danette M. Pugh-Patton (Contributions by), Antonio L. Spikes (Contributions by), Jenna N. Hanchey (Contributions by)


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In the late 2010s, the United States experienced a period of widespread silencing. Protests of unsafe drinking water have been met with tear gas; national park employees, environmentalists, and scientists have been ordered to stop communicating publicly. Advocates for gun control are silenced even as mass shootings continue. Expressed dissent to political power is labeled as “fake news.” DREAMers, Muslims, Trans military members, women, black bodies, the LGBTQI+ community, Latina/o/x communities, rape survivors, sex workers, and immigrants have all been systematically silenced. During this difficult time and despite such restrictions, advocates and allies persist and resist, forming dialogues that call to repel inequality in its many forms. Addressing the oppression of women of color, white women, women with (dis)abilities, and LBTQI+ individuals across cultures and contexts remains a central posit of feminist struggle and requires “a distinctly feminist politics of recognition.” However, as second wave debates about feminism have revealed, there is no single way to express a feminist politic. Rather, living feminist politics requires individual interpretation and struggle, collective discussion and disagreement, and recognizing difference among women as well as points of convergence in feminist struggle.
Badass Feminist Politics includes a diverse range of engaging feminist political projects to not only analyze the work being done on the ground but provide an overview for action that can be taken on by those seeking to engage in feminist activism in their own communities. Contributors included here are working for equality and equity and resisting violent, racist, homophobic, transphobic, xenophobic, and sexist language and action during this tension-filled political moment. Collectively, the book explores what it means to live and communicate feminist politics in everyday choices and actions, and how we can facilitate learning by analyzing these examples. Taking up current issues and new theoretical perspectives, the authors offer novel perspectives into what it means to live feminist politics. This book is a testament to resilience, resistance, communication, and forward thinking about what these themes all mean for new feminist agendas. Learning how to resist oppressive structures through words and actions is particularly important for students. Badass Feminist Politics features scholars from non-dominant groups taking up issues of marginalization and oppression, which can help people accomplish their social justice goals of inclusivity on the ground and in the classroom.
SARAH JANE BLITHE is an associate professor of communication studies at the University of Nevada, Reno. She is the author of Stories of Sex and Stigma: Work and Life in Nevada’s Legal Brothels and Gender Equality and Work-Life Balance: Glass Handcuffs and Working Men in the U.S.

JANELL C. BAUER is an associate professor in the Department of Journalism and Public Relations at California State University, Chico. Her work focuses on critical studies of organizational communication, work-life policy, social media and activism, feminist theory and pedagogy.
Product Details ISBN: 9781978826588
ISBN-10: 1978826583
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication Date: February 11th, 2022
Pages: 320
Language: English
"If ever there was a time for a badass feminist communication declaration, that time is now! Blithe and Bauer have carefully crafted a collection where perspectives, passions, voices, and views not only fill a gap in research, but carve a new path. The brilliance of the contributors is reflected in an affirmation of social identities across contexts representing 'what feminism looks like' for the next generation of badass feminist scholars aiming to right wrongs, ignite change, and sustain transformative practices in everyday lived experiences."
— Karla D. Scott

"Sarah Jane Blithe and Janell C. Bauer have curated a must read edited collection for anyone interested in feminisms, communication, and identity justice. This is an important and timely resource for feminist scholar-teachers that engages critical questions about gender, race, and intersectionality in communication research and pedagogy by centering black feminist voices throughout."
— Stephanie Norander