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Criticism The word just looks scary and its something most people are a little afraid to receive However I am afraid to give criticism As the only male Womens Studies major on this campus and the only male student who wants to learn about Feminist Theory Ive learned very quickly to know my role This course has served as a wake-up call to me that I am an outsider in the feminist movement and that this movement is not my movement So for me to criticize a movement that Im deeply involved in but not completely a part of that scares me Ive asked myself what right do I have to tell the women involved in the feminist movement why I think what theyre doing is wrong Why do I think I know a better way when I cant ever fully grasp what were talking about I will trudge through this paper with the philosophy of when in Rome I signed up for Feminist Theory for several reasons On the lower end of the scale was the actual content of the class I had no idea what Feminist Theory was or what the class would be about I was sure Ive read some of this theory in my Intro class yet I wasnt sure since I had no working definition of the term What is theory I think I can answer that fairly confidently What is theory for Who is theory for How do different feminist writers do theory differently Ive learned that much like the feminist movement itself the answer to that battery of questions is going to be different for every one you ask bell hooks says that theory is a liberatory practice For me personally Ive come to agree whole-heartedly with her stance Ive come to use informally theory as a way to explain things about myself and the entire gaylesbianbisexual community that I never understood or liked The process of theorizing
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