Category Archives: Feminist Teaching

The Election, Feminism & Alienation

“Clinton & Trump are just cartoon characters” Just hours after the election of Donald Trump as the President of the United States, I found myself on an early flight to Montreal to attend the National Women’s Studies Association conference, an … Continue reading

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False Promises: Oh, But Miss Fairchild, A Phone Will Keep You Safe…

This moment made me pause and I still feel caught in the implications of this conversation. I don’t remember what started me down this road in my Introduction to Women’s Studies class, but I was sharing with the group that … Continue reading

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Stories of Hope from Women’s Studies

I was asked to do an inspirational talk as part of a student leadership event at Sacramento City College. Below is the transcript and images from my talk… Sac City Talks — April 2016 Stories from Fairchild’s Women’s Studies classes at … Continue reading

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A Shooting, My Campus, & the Things We Tell Ourselves

I really didn’t think that the campus shooting had a lot to do with me as I showed up for my classes on Tuesday at Sac City College. On Thursday as I was leaving the campus in the late afternoon, … Continue reading

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Rape is Not a Joke

I am guilty of taking the path of least resistance. In my Women’s Studies classes we have been talking about sexual harassment, specifically street harassment or cat calling, which my students tell me happens every day in their lives. They … Continue reading

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My Student’s Call to Care about Gaza

<a Follow Laila El-Haddad on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gazamom I received an unanticipated email from my Women’s Studies student, Samantha: I was going to write you soon because my friend is visiting Palestine for the summer and she is close to Bethlehem. … Continue reading

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Feminists don’t spontaneously happen…

There are no sparkly Feminist Fairies running around sprinkling Feminist Fairy Dust on girls and boys. No Feminist Mindmelders transferring feminist history by osmosis. Feminists don’t spontaneously happen. With some fairly minor exceptions, people who understand feminism and identify as … Continue reading

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