Book Club Selections/Topics

Spring/Summer 2020

For Spring and Summer 2020, the Canadian U*U Feminist Book Club has transformed itself into a club for exploring poetry, TedTalks, online videos and movies, and other free sources of learning. In particular, we are learning together about intersectionality and the lives of racialized and Indigenous women, Queers, and femmes.

On July 12, 2020, we will be continuing our discussion from June 14 on intersectionality, privilege, and the lives of Indigenous and racialized women through a video by Pam Palmater on MMIW, Ted Talks by Kimberlé Crenshaw, Peggy McIntosh and others, and the movie 13th. The list of links can be found below.

This time we will focus our learning by checking in with one experience during which we were aware of your own privilege and our need to learn more, and then each of us will briefly talk about what we learned from one of the media resources below. We will allow ourselves to be inarticulate. We will acknowledge that we are all learning.

Contact us for the Zoom link.

Kimberlé Crenshaw: The urgency of intersectionality
TEDWomen 2016 • 18:49 • Posted November 2016
https://www.ted.com/talks/kimberle_crenshaw_the_urgency_of_intersectionality

Peggy McIntosh: How to recognize your white privilege — and use it to fight inequality
TEDxTimberlaneSchools • 18:27 • Posted June 2020
https://www.ted.com/talks/peggy_mcintosh_how_to_recognize_your_white_privilege_and_use_it_to_fight_inequality

Dolores Huerta: What we can learn from the history of feminism
TEDxOakland • 6:31 • Posted December 2019
https://www.ted.com/talks/dolores_huerta_what_we_can_learn_from_the_history_of_feminism

Roxane Gay: Confessions of a bad feminist
TEDWomen 2015 • 11:28 • Posted June 2015
https://www.ted.com/talks/roxane_gay_confessions_of_a_bad_feminist

Mwende “FreeQuency” Katwiwa: Black life at the intersection of birth and death
TEDWomen 2017 • 7:49 • Posted February 2018
https://www.ted.com/talks/mwende_freequency_katwiwa_black_life_at_the_intersection_of_birth_and_death

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: We should all be feminists
TEDxEuston • 29:28 • Posted April 2017
https://www.ted.com/talks/chimamanda_ngozi_adichie_we_should_all_be_feminists

Pat Mitchell: Dangerous times call for dangerous women
TEDWomen 2019 • 17:14 • Posted January 2020
https://www.ted.com/talks/pat_mitchell_dangerous_times_call_for_dangerous_women

Alyson McGregor: Why medicine often has dangerous side effects for women
TEDxProvidence • 15:29 • Posted October 2015
https://www.ted.com/talks/alyson_mcgregor_why_medicine_often_has_dangerous_side_effects_for_women

Jen Gunter: Why can’t we talk about periods?
TEDWomen 2019 • 11:42 • Posted January 2020
https://www.ted.com/talks/jen_gunter_why_can_t_we_talk_about_periods

There’s also a video of Pam Palmater I’d ask you to look at on the Kairos website:
https://www.kairoscanada.org/missing-murdered-indigenous-women-girls/videos

or on YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dULLnpG9Hg&feature=emb_title

Added last month:
Deconstructing White Privilege with Dr. Robin DiAngelo (especially for those, like me, who haven’t read her book)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwIx3KQer54

Angela Davis – “Freedom is a Constant Struggle” hosted by The University of New England
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5u1aHpEtWyA

13th, which is available on Netflix or here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krfcq5pF8u8
There are also some live videos related to it here: https://www.facebook.com/13THNetflix/

March 2020

Please note that our March meeting is cancelled; join us instead for an online Worship service for International Women’s Day.

Earlier meetings

January 12, 2020:

Book: Judy Rebick, Ten Thousand Roses: The Making of a Feminist Revolution

Topic: 20th Century / Second Wave Feminism