"'Life' in this 'society' being, at best, an utter bore and no aspect of 'society' being at all relevant to women, there remains to civic-minded, responsible, thrill-seeking females only to overthrow the government, eliminate the money system, institute complete automation and eliminate the male sex." - Valerie Solanas.
Professor Breanne Fahs is a revolutionary. She teaches Women's and Gender Studies at Arizona State University. Recently, she decided to give extra credit to her female students for "defying social norms" by refusing to shave their armpits. In the name of equality, she also gave her male students an opportunity to earn extra credit by shaving their entire bodies from the neck down. It's another feminist intellectual breakthrough. Higher education will never be the same.
ASU student Jaqueline Gonzalez participated in the extra credit exercise and said the experience allowed her to start on a path of activism. Gonzalez was quoted (by Lauren Clark over at CampusReform.org) as saying “The experience helped me better understand how pervasive gendered socialization is in our culture. Furthermore, by doing this kind of activist project I was no longer an armchair activist theorizing in the classroom.”
Gonzalez also added that “So much is learned by actually taking part in the theory or idea we learn in the classroom, and we could benefit from this type of pedagogy being taken up by similar classes.” You could almost say that the line between armchair theory and armpit activism is razor thin.
Ms. Gonzales has a bright future ahead of her, indeed. If she studies hard, she can become just like her teacher, Breanne Fahs. According to her own website, Professor Fahs specializes in "studying women's sexuality, critical embodiment studies, radical feminism, and political activism." She holds a B.A. in women's studies/gender studies and psychology from Occidental College and a Ph.D. in women's studies and clinical psychology from the University of Michigan.
Fahs has published widely in feminist journals and has authored several books including Performing Sex and The Moral Panics of Sexuality. But her most interesting work to date is about Valerie Solanas a controversial advocate of gender-based violence and the would-be assassin of Andy Warhol.
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