Selected by Ander Mikalson (A '12) (with help)
We had originally planned for our first meeting to attend a performance by the loved & missed reading-group-regular Ander and her collaborator Carey Denniston, but it was rescheduled. It is now this Friday and Saturday at Kate Werble Gallery (more info).
Ander and Carey compiled a booklet of essays to accompany the exhibition—and, in Ander's words, "It's hard to find tools for dismantling these deeply entrenched systems and these texts have helped us." While all the texts are valuable (I felt the last one in particular was really helpful), it's probably too much for one week.
For the next meeting we will be reading the first essay in the booklet, White Woman Feminst, which defines and deconstructs "whiteliness" in a way that can be practically useful in navigating contemporary issues with so-called allyship.
We hope that this essay, with Ander's performance, informs and expands our ideas of "white activism," ideally in a positive, or at least productive, way.
White Woman Feminist by Marilyn Frye
From Willful Virgin: Essays in Feminism (The Crossing Press 1992), reprinted in White Knuckle exhibition booklet compiled by Denniston Mikalson, pages 2-19 (in the PDF)
Denniston Mikalson, White Knuckle
Kate Werble Gallery
83 Vandam Street, New York, NY
Friday, February 3rd, 6-8 PM & Saturday, February 4th, 2-6 PM
Friday, February 10, 6:00PM, 136 W. 22nd Street (basement)
please let me know if you're attending!
Paige & Haley & Ander