Social Media Pedagogy: Two Points on Feminist Teaching Online and Off

1) Feminist Social Media Pedagogy brings Old School (school) Feminist values, methods, and people to the sparkly, exciting new places of social media:

OLD-SCHOOL VALUES

  • our premium on literacy and democracy and difference
  • in places where individual and collective visibility and voice dominate

OLD-SCHOOL METHODS

  • Shared commitment to Collectivity over the individual
  • Shared vocabulary: political, theoretical  and artistic
  • Focus on Processes like pedagogy,  making things like media, and collaboration
  • Focus on Structures that are self-reflexive and transparent
  • Anchor activity in lived and situated positionality
  • Dismantle Binaries; Honor Intersectionality
  • women, people of color, queers are a given, a priority, are a priori
  • Value Ordinary People over corporate power

OLD-SCHOOL FEMINIST ACTIVIST and ACTIVATED USERS

  • Agency
  • Shared authoring

2) Feminist Social Media Pedagogy understands that the classroom provides an excellent model for a better Internet because both teaching and social media are places where conversation and knowledge can build, in collaboration, becoming more complex, and occurring with attention to human interaction and diversity, with shared commitment and rules of engagement.

“As women of color, your feminism is not our feminism. Before we can make this space safe for us as women, we must make this space safe for people of different races.” Emailed to me during talk at Colby College

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