chapters 11 & 12 Patricia Collins

Black feminist epistemology alter the hegemonic or dominant ideologies of our society by how the female sex tends to still show how they are and what they do in other words.  Black feminist epistemology as well shows the way women gain knowledge and how they act towards what they know. Most Black feminist epistemology feel like they’re experiences will help them gain a new meaning to how they look at it. Black feminist epistemology alters the dominant ideologies of our society a bit by still having the way of thought and nobody letting them change their way of thinking and their opinions. I also feel like Black feminist’s knowledge is very important to Black women’s empowerment today because it helps Black women think more openly and not limited. Black feminist made it clear that all women should get their own respect and try to form their own ideas of how exactly they feel about how White men had it seem like everything they had thought and made it seem like they knew exactly what was true, rather than a Black feministthat thought completely different towards their view point it made it more easier to understand that what the White men thought wasn’t true but just based upon their own opinions. Other types of groups whether it’s Black men, White women, other women of color, and working class white men can learn a lot from Black feminists so they can understand that it’s not always a White men’s world that we live in but an individual world that is ran my different ethnic groups and different thoughts of everyone because not everyone thinks alike. It would be a good different point of view that they learn from regarding a Black feminist epistemology.I can locate myself in this because coming from a hispanic background and middle class I believe that a White men’s thoughts on how they view the world is not quite accurate because colored people have a say as well and of course it’s ok to have a mind of our own.


Chapters 9 &10 Patricia Collins

Transversal Politics

Patricia collins specifies that Black women should engage in “transversal politics” activism as well as the importance of placing Black feminism in a transnational context. Collins specifies that Black women should engage in “transversal politics,” which is a type of activism where “participants bring with them a rooting in their own particular group histories, but at the same time realize that in order to engage in dialogue across multiple markers of difference, they must shift from their own centers” (265), what Collins is trying to say by this quote is that in order to make their words spread out to different people and have their words count and make difference they would need to move to different location that would benefit their words and impact their lives with as well their children’s. Transversal Politics has a definite touch with different political difference throughout the Black women’s society and world. What Collins thinks that by shifting from their own centers is because after a certain activism type of thing going on they might need to move somewhere else due to joining the activism march with the other people apart of what situation they are going through. These shifts would facilitate transnational connections between women of Africa descent from throughout the globe because these women identified a connection with making their voice get acknowledge in which would definitely spread worldwide based on influencing other women to go out and do what they believe in. Transversal Politics can build potential coalitions between Black Women and other historically oppressed groups because the issues that other oppressed groups have can unite other groups and make them feel like the other group is giving them advice of some sort. I feel like transversal politics have a lot of unity with other groups just because of other groups other than African-American women but for as well as other groups that went through the same situations. 

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