“Polyphonic Feminisms: Acting in Concert”

The Scholar and Feminist Online, a “multimedia, peer-reviewed web based journal… published by the Barnard Center for Research on Women,” is a collection you don’t want to miss!  This fabulous online journal features a wide variety of articles by feminist activists and academic scholars.  The pieces deal with pressing social and political issues, such as diversity and difference within the feminist movement, the need for feminist community, and issues of intersectionality.

Their newest edition, Polyphonic Feminisms: Acting in Concert, focuses on “the need for a diverse many to work – often noisily together.”

“Feminists are often on the forefront of groundbreaking moments, and this issue boasts contributions from many seasoned activists and scholars who make their own activist contributions. All of the contributors wrestle with pressing questions and offer visions of feminist political practices that reflect on failures, problems, and dilemmas, but preserve hope for collective engagement. In a panoply of sound, sight, and text, Polyphonic Feminisms does not demand unity or agreement, but rather allows for a flourishing of ruminations on what feminism is, where it has been, and what paths it might travel forward.” – Catherine Samah

The contributors come from all different backgrounds and each bring their own unique perspectives to the collection.  While reading these articles, I could not help but reflect on my own personal experiences with feminism.  I reflected on my “feminist story” while reading Sarah Ahmed’s article, “Feminist Killjoys (and Other Willful Subjects)” and felt appreciative of the power of my voice while reading Nomy Naam’s article, “Singing as Social Justice.”  The pieces are fun and easy to read, but also thought-provoking and inspiring.

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