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The Matrix Reader: Examining the Dynamics of Oppression and Privilege


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Written by four authors from different disciplinary backgrounds, this reader promotes a commitment to an intersectional approach to teaching race, class, gender and sexuality. Unlike most books of its kind, it highlights the duality of privilege and oppression and the effects that race, gender, and sexuality have on our lives. This reader includes poems, reflective literary prose, historical events and documents, images drawn from the media, contemporary statistics of inequalities, visual images, and tools that empower students to become agents for social change.

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The Matrix Reader: Examining the Dynamics of Oppression and Privilege

Table of Contents

Leslie Feinberg, Excerpt from “Afterword”

I. Constructing Identities and Examining Intersections

• Poem: “I am not your Princess” Chrystos, in Amy Kesselman, Lily D. McNair, and Nancy Schniedewind

Constructing Identity

1. Jamison Green, Excerpts from Becoming a Visible Man

2. R.W. Connell, “Gender Relations”

3. Jonathan Ned Katz, “The Invention of Heterosexuality”

4. Michael Kimmel, Excerpts from “Masculinity as Homophobia

• Historical Image: From Norman Kleeblatt (ed.), “The physiognomy of race in the medical anthropology of the late 19th century”

5. Michael Omi and Howard Winant, “Racial Formations”

• Historical Advertisement: Kathy Peiss, “Black Skin Remover”

6. Harlon Dalton, “Failing to See”

7. Evelyn Alsultany, “Los Intersticios: Recasting Moving Selves”

8. Brenda J. Allen, "Social Class Matters"

9. Chuck Barone, “Bringing Classism into the Race and Gender Picture”

10. Susan Wendell, “The Social Construction of Disability”

Examining the Intersections

• Poem: “One,” Sharon Hwang Colligan in Bi Any Other Name: Bisexual People Speak Out, Loraine Hutchins and Lani Kaahumanu

1. Patricia Hill Collins, “Toward a New Vision”

2. Abby Ferber, “What White Supremacists Taught a Jewish Scholar About Identity”

3. Joan Acker, “Is Capitalism Gendered and Racialized?”

4. Maxine Baca Zinn and Bonnie Thornton Dill, “Theorizing Difference from Multiracial Feminism”

5. Wayne Martino and Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli, “Youre Not a Real Boy if Youre Disabled”

6. Judy Scales-Trent, “Choosing Up Sides”

7. Elizabeth Martinez, “Seeing More Than Black and White.”

II. Understanding Oppression and Privilege

• Poem: Joy Harjo, "I Give You Back"

1. Peggy McIntosh, “White Privilege and Male Privilege: A Personal Account of Coming to See Correspondences Throughout Work in Womens Studies”

2. Audre Lorde, “Age, Race, Class and Sex: Women Redefining Difference”

3. Beverly Daniel Tatum, “Defining Racism: Can We Talk?”

4. Alison Bailey, “Privilege: Expanding on Marilyn Fryes ‘Oppression”

5. Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Excerpts from Racism without Racists

6. Cherrie Moraga, “La Guera”

7. Robert Jensen, “White Privilege Shapes the U.S.”

8. Michael Schwalbe, “The Costs of American Privilege”

III. How We Got Here: The Historical Context

• Poem: “I, too,” Langston Hughes in Voices and visions: the poet in America. Helen Vendler, (ed.), New York : Random House, 1987.

The Big Picture: Understanding the Historical Context

• Poem: Alice Walker, “Patriot”

1. Gregory Campbell, “Many Americas: The Intersection of Class, Race, and Ethnic Identity”

• Postcard: Kenneth W. Goings, Depicting a little girl in a watermelon patch with a swollen stomach

• Souvenir: Kenneth W. Goings, Mechanical cast-iron bank

2. Paul Jaegar and Cynthia Ann Bowman, “Disability Discrimination and the Evolution of Civil Rights in Democratic Societies”

3. Rose Weitz, “A History of Womens Bodies”

4. Karen E. Rosenblum and Toni-Michelle C. Travis, “Thirteen Key Supreme Court Cases and the Civil War Amendments”

Dynamics of Oppression, Dynamics of Change: The Challenges of U.S. History

• Selected historical caricatures and political cartoons from Make Way!: 200 Years of American Women in Cartoons, Monika Franzen and Nancy Ethiel, Chicago: Chicago Review Press, 1988.

o Harpers Weekly, “How It Would Be, If Some Ladies Had Their Own Way,”

o Life, “The Declaration of Independence”

o The Des Moines Register and Tribune, “Letting the Genie Out of the Bottle,”

• Selected historical caricatures from Latin America in Caricature. John Johnson. University of Texas Press, reprint ed., 1993.

o McKee Barclay, “Cutting a Switch for a Bad Boy,”

o John T. McCutcheon, “Its for His Own Good,”

1. Andrea Smith, "Rape and the War Against Native Women”

• Historical Image: Marjorie Jorie Devon (ed.), “Souvenir for Tourists”

2. Edward Escobar, “Race and Criminal Justice”

3. Karen Brodkin Sacks, “How Did Jews Become White Folks?”

4. Yuri Kochiyama, “Then Came the War”

• Poem: Maya Angelou, “America”

5. Manuel Gonzales, Excerpts from “The Chicano Movement: 1965-1975”

6. George Chauncey, “Gay New York”

7. Sharlene Nagy Hesse-Biber and Gregg Lee Carter, “A Brief History of Working Women”

8. Betty Friedan, “The Problem That Has No Name”

9. Estelle B. Freedman, “race and the Politics of Identity on U.S. Feminism”

10. Steven Seidman, “From Outsider to Citizen”

11. Martin Marger, Excerpts on “The Newest Immigration”

IV. Contemporary Institutionalized Oppression and Privilege

• Poem: Nellie Wong in L. Ling-chi Wang and Henry Yiheng Zhao, (eds.), “Where is my country?”

1. Barbara Perry, "Doing Gender and Doing Gender Inappropriately: Violence Against Women, Gay Men and Lesbians”

• Poster: “Do women have to be naked to get into the Met. Museum?”

2. Leslie Feinberg, “We Are All Works in Progress”

3. Eugenia Kaw, "Medicalization of Racial Features: Asian-American Women and Cosmetic Surgery"

• Magazine Image: Marie Claire Magazine, “Pretty in Plastic”

4. Melanie L. Johnston, "SES, Race/Ethnicity and Health"

5. Bonnie Thornton Dill, Maxine Baca Zinn, and Sandra L. Patton, "Race, Family Values and Welfare Reform"

6. John Lamberth, “Driving While Black: A statistician proves that prejudice still rules the road”

7. Jonathan Kozol, Excerpts from The Shame of the Nation

8. Becky W. Thompson, “‘A Way Outa No Way, Eating Problems among African-American, Latina, and White Women”

9. Dena Samuels, “Sounds and Silences of

Product Details

Ferber, Abby L.
McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Langua
Samuels, Dena R.
Jimenez, Christina M.
Herrera, Andrea O'Reilly
Sociology - General
United States Social conditions 1980-
Discrimination -- United States.
Women's Studies - General
Publication Date:
March 2008
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
9.125 x 7.375 in

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