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If Donald Trump's presidency serves as an inescapable reminder of the enduring power of misogyny, racism, and xenophobia, the Women's Marches that took place the day after his inauguration—and the ongoing resistance to the administration, its ideologies, and its policies—reinforced the equally enduring power of intersectional feminism. Now, more than ever, feminist activism and analysis must lead the way and provide empowering visions for the future. Let us never forget that at the moment of our greatest peril, feminist organizers around the country made history by bringing millions into the streets in global resistance to toxic white masculinity.
In the midst of all this, feminist scholarship has a crucial role to play. It is of critical importance feminist voices of critique be amplified and proliferated as much as possible.
This space is a repository for the work Signs is doing that can be used to critique, historicize, analyze, and teach during the current crisis. Calls for papers for forthcoming issues, relevant publications from the Feminist Public Intellectuals Project, additional interviews, and a forthcoming virtual issue—all will be collected here, in the hopes that they will be circulated, read, taught, and discussed, making feminist scholarship and discourse resonate across multiple platforms and in a wide range of communities as an integral part of the resistance.
Call for Papers: Gender and the Rise of the Global Right, a special issue of Signs. Submissions due September 15, 2017.
June 5, 2017
Women's March on Washington by Mobilus In Mobili
This open-access virtual issue draws on the Signs archive to provide resources to analyze and resist the reinvigorated attacks on women, people of color, immigrants, and LGBTQ people that have been precipitated, most immediately in the US, by the election of Donald Trump. The issue also aims to show that feminist thought—which has long been concerned with analyzing and resisting policy agendas, political discourses, and cultural phenomena that promote sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, and xenophobia—can play a key role in promoting forms of solidarity, strategy, and activism to resist these forces and to imagine alternative futures. Articles are organized into six sections:
- Models of Feminist Protest & Resistance
- Reproductive Politics & Health Care
- #NoBanNoWallNoRaids: Immigration, Borders, & the Nation
- Antiblack Racism & Criminalization
- LGBTQ Rights
- Gender, Authoritarianism, & Right-Wing Politics
April 11, 2017
This installment of Currents: Feminist Key Concepts and Controversies features an essay by Signs editor Suzanna Danuta Walters, "In Defense of Identity Politics." Walters’s accessibly written essay engages with critics of identity politics – on both the Right and the Left – to make the case that identity politics and feminist, intersectional analysis are vital to political resistance in the wake of Donald Trump’s election.
The essay is also accompanied by a digital archive that collects links to articles, podcasts, videos, and other resources that expand on the themes that Walters elucidates.
Women's March on Washington Co-Chair Tamika Mallory Interviewed by Signs Editor Suzanna Danuta Walters
March 30, 2017
For a transcript of the interview, as well as additional resources on the January 21, 2017, Women's Marches, click here.