Chapter Thirteen: Final Exercises

Final Exercise #7: “Feminisms”



When we talk about feminisms with an “s” at the end, we are trying to convey the notion that there are many ways in which people have thought about issues that concern oppression of those who self-identify as women. In class, we have looked at the works of Olympe de Gouges, bell hooks, and Gloria Anzaldúa, three women who analyze this issue from different perspectives and with a different theoretical framework. In this exercise, we are asking that you compare, contrast, and connect the feminisms of Olympe de Gouges, bell hooks, and Gloria Anzaldúa.

Prompts for Final Exercise. Please address all items

  1. Find an example of liberalismin de Gouges.
  2. Explain why this is a liberal notion
  3. Explain how the feminism of hooks and/or Anzaldúarespondto such ideas/instances.
  4. How are their feminisms different from that of de Gouges?Find specific quotes to contrast their thinking.
  5. Relate the theoretical feminismsof bell and Anzaldua to the practical feminismsof the Zapatistas.
  6. How do the Zapatistas’ feminismsrelate to “La conciencia de la mestiza” and hooks’ call for consciousness-raising?
  7. What is specifically innovative, if anything, in the Zapatista’s proposals and practices?
  8. Are there items in the Zapatista feminist practices that are specific to their situation? Why would specific issues and solutions be important for the Zapatista construction of a gender balanced society?

Steps to create the Final Exercise. Please follow all of these steps.

  1. Re-read PowerPoint “de Gouges,”  “Anzaldúa,”  “bell hooks,”  and “Zapatistas,” and “bell hooks”
  2. Look at your notes and your underlined texts of “Feminism is for everybody,” “La Conciencia…,” “Rights of Woman,” “Indigenous Women and Zapatismo,” and “Zapatista Women Revolutionary Law.”
  3. Read “Indigenous Women and Zapatismo,”
  4. Look up terms and concepts in “Definitions of Gender and Sexuality,”
  5. Have an awesome discussion
  6. Make an eleven-minute long presentation in any of the formats suggested below
  7. Title every submission and include teammates names. The title needs to include your table number.
  8. At the end of class today, please upload your notes, texts, PPs, Spoken Word written text, script for Skits, and notes, images and videos to the Final Project folder in Moodle. Everything needs to be titled (including table number) and include the names of teammates.

Possible Presentation Formats

Spoken Word, Skits, Video and image analysis, Power Point                                                                                                                Other creative formats might also be accepted, previous consultation with facilitators

Presentation Guidelines

Your presentation needs to have an introduction, a body where you draw your argument and present evidence or examples, and a conclusion. We need to hear from all the students in your group.


Thoroughly explain the concepts that will help you present your vision.


Be creative! Here is where you can use pictures, videos, poems, spoken word, or other forms to illustrate, analyze, and share your thoughts. Remember to tie your examples with your author’s concepts or ideas.


Bring it all together. Briefly recap concepts and examples or illustrations to explain how all of the above ties in with your life and vision for a better world.

Grading Rubric

Group Graded: Total
Beginning Developing Accomplished Exemplary
Quotes from text No quotes used Quotes with little analysis Quotes with some analysis Quotes with full analysis
Clarity of ideas Almost impossible to understand Difficult to understand Failry easy to understand Clear and easy to understand
Quality of Presentation Poor use of resources, boring. Few students present Some use of resources, somewhat boring. Some students present Good use of resources, entertaining. Many students present Great use of resources, impressive. Most to all students present
Length of Presentation Shorter 3 mins, longer 11 mins Between 3-5 mins Between 5-6 Between 6-11


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