Hustling for Empowerment: How Tactics of Strategic Ignorance Can Undermine Systems of Dominance

By Laura Katsnelson (University of Michigan) Abstract | There is no doubt that systems of ignorance facilitate oppression, but they also give the oppressed group space in which to resist the system.  For instance, though many Americans are oblivious to the damage that U.S. colonial programs have had on Puerto Rican society, Puerto Ricans have used jaiba […]

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Gendered Scientific Mythology

By Kevin Kadowaki (Loyola University Chicago) Abstract | As women have historically been prevented from aspiring to scientific professions, it is not surprising that sexism remains a problem in professional science today. In particular, researchers have begun to understand the significance and power of implicit bias.  In this paper, I examine this implicit bias in the context […]

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Adding Nuance to Social Justice: The Difference Between Speaking “With” and “For”

By Gillian Ariela Tisdale (Smith College) Abstract | Allyship means working towards the equity of a subject demographic other than your own. A common issue and topic in social justice is the question of how and when allies should speak. Writers such as Alcoff have argued that allies have a political responsibility to speak, but that […]

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