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.
Table of contents
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
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 & 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, "You're Not a Real Boy if You're 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 Women's 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 Frye's '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 & 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 Women's 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 Harper's Weekly, "How It Would Be, If Some Ladies Had Their Own Way,"
o Life, "The Declaration of Independence"
o The Des Moines Register & 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, "It's 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 Language: Perpetuating Institutionalized Privilege and Oppression"
10. Gregory D. Squires, "Katrina's Race and Class Effects Were Planned"
11. Gregory Mantsios, "Media Magic: Making Class Invisible"
V. Be the Change
• Poem: "For the White Person Who Wants to Know How to Be My Friend." Pat Parker. Movement in Black. New York: Firebrand Books, 1999.
Recognizing Resistance to Change
o Tom Tomorrow, "This Modern World" (cartoon)
1. Allan Johnson, "Feminists and Feminisms"
2. Bob Moser, "Holy War"
3. Charles Gallagher, "Color-blinded America or How the Media and Politics Have Made Racism and Racial Inequality Yesterday's Social Problem"
4. Phyllis Rosser, "Too Many Women in College?"
5. Abby Ferber, "Man-ifesting Gender"
Institutionalizing Social Change
1. Paul Kivel, "Affirmative Action," and "At Work"
2. Sharon Ann Navarro, "Las Mujeres Invisibles/The Invisible Women"
3. Michael Bronski, "Confronting Anti-Gay Violence"
4. Dena Samuels and Steven Samuels, "Privilege and Cultural Reform at the US Air Force Academy"
5. "Assets for Equality" Thomas Shapiro. The Hidden Costs of Being African American: How Wealth Perpetuates Inequality. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.
6. Betsy Leondar-Wright, "Why Do We Need Cross-Class Alliances?"
7. Eileen T. Walsh, "Ideology of the Multiracial Movement: Dismantling the Color Line and Disguising White Supremacy?"
8. Eli Claire, "Stolen Bodies"
9. Joan Blades and Kristen Rowe-Finkbeiner, "The Motherhood Manifesto"
10. Robert Lake (Medicine Grizzlybear), "An Indian Father's Plea"
Where do I Begin?
1. Andrea Ayvazian, "Interrupting the Cycle of Oppression: The Role of Allies as Agents of Change"
2. Audre Lorde, "The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action"
3. National Coalition Building Institute, "Healing into Action"
4. Michael Welp, "Vanilla Voices: Researching White Men's Diversity Learning Journeys"
5. "Real Men Join the Movement." Michael Kimmel in Women's Voices, Women's Lives: Documents in Early American History. Carol Berkin and Leslie Horowitz, (eds.) University of New England Press, 1998.
6. Clint Anderson, "Learn the Facts About Gay and Lesbian Families"
7. Betsy Leondar-Wright, "Steps to Becoming a More Informed Ally"
8. Paul Kivel, "Home and Family"
9. Karen Ashmore, "Is Your World Too White? A Primer for Whites Trying to Deal With a Racist Society"
10. Maurianne Adams, Lee Anne Bell, and Pat Griffin (eds.), "Action Continuum"
11. Julia Alvarez, "I Came to Help: Resistance Writ Small