Academic Conduct: Use your own words, keep your eyes on your own work, and be
sure to avoid even any behavior or work that might look like cheating or plagiarism. Cite
any sources fully, whether you are quoting or paraphrasing or simply borrowing a
general idea from a source. That may be a source in one of our readings, or one located
on the internet, or that you have borrowed from a classmate – any idea that comes from
a source outside your own head must be fully cited. Failure to give appropriate credit
(even by accident, such as from working too quickly and forgetting to put source
information into your paper) is considered plagiarism by Moravian’s academic conduct
policies. Any academic misconduct may result in a “0” for the exam and/or an “F” for the
Strive for excellent writing, clear expression of ideas, strong explanations, insight, and
good grasp of the meaning of the videos and text. Remember that the essay grades are
based on the quality of writing as well as the “content.”
As with your exams, pretend that your reader will be someone pretty unfamiliar with the
interviewees and concepts involved. Don’t assume that they will know the “jargon,”
explain things fully.
Remember that you need not agree with the text and interviewers. Your job is to engage
sympathetically to grasp their ideas, reasoning, and visions on their own terms, and to
enter into conversation with the text, stating your own positions and reasoning for them.
As the required components guide below notes, you also must do another thing –
consider a potential objection to your view and respond to it with fresh ideas.
Note: in Exam 2, the questions called on you to summarize main points from the
author/interviewee’s stories and thinking. In this essay, you must go beyond this
summary of their ideas and story, to synthesize and relate across these stories explaining the meaning and/or themes occurring, and to respond with your own ideas
1. Choose one or two of the feminist scholar-activists featured so far in Feminist
Freedom Warriors, name the person and explain the following:
• how/why each sees critiques of racism, capitalism, imperialism, homophobia,
transphobia (whichever each focuses upon) as crucial to feminism (I’ll call it
coalitional, deeply intersectional feminism).
• how each imagines liberation/positive change, and their reasons why
For each of these points, respond with your own views on the subject:
• Do you share that specific person’s (or persons’ - plural) view that feminism does
well to be deeply intersectional? Giving your reasoning on why or why not?.
Do you share that specific person’s (or persons’ – plural) view of
liberation/positive change? Why or why not?
2. Choose one or two of the authors and a meaningful quote (or related quotes)
or concept/theoretical point, develop it, explain it, and apply it – whether to a
situation they describe or one you see in your life or in the world today generally.
(For example, you might consider Minnie Bruce Pratt’s quote: “the real struggle is
for consciousness, but as that is given to us out of the material moment – how to
claim it and hold on to it with each other;” or with Mohanty and Carty’s words:
What do they mean by “building coalitions and solidarities across struggles” and
why they see that as important; or with Gloria Joseph’s line from the FFW
preview video “People still think capitalism is democracy.”)
Respond to the authors with your own views and reasoning (on the topics you have
3. Imagine a viewer and reader who might access the Feminist Freedom Warriors digital
archive and book, yet see it as irrelevant to them, or to the general population. For
example, they might think “many of these are the stories and ideas of women of color or women from the Global South, or lesbians, or activists, or women only, or people
obsessed with politics - but these stories have nothing to do with me and my world.”
Imagine such a viewer/reader and tell a brief story of how/why they might see the FFW
stories as irrelevant. Then explain how you might convince them – or others, resistant to
seeing the general value of FFW - that the stories and ideas from FFW may contribute
(If you wish you can do this part of the paper in the form of a letter to that person.)
4. Since many of us do not share the historical, theoretical, and cultural reference points
of the FFW, it may be hard to engage with their stories and ideas and connect with
them. Offer lessons and suggestions for others new to FFW to relate to it on a deep
level. You may wish to describe challenges you or others have experienced in engaging
with the FFW, and what solutions you have found to be helpful.
5. Relate the Feminist Freedom Warriors project to the Minnich text or to any of the
videos we have watched in class, such as Chimamanda Adichie’s TED talks “The
Danger of a Single Story” and “We Should All Be Femin ists.” Explain at least three
significant ways that the Feminist Freedom Warrior project (or some element of it such
as an interview or some points from the introduction to the text) relate to one or more
points in Minnich or in one of the Chimamanda Adich ie videos. In relation to each point,
state whether you agree or disagree with these perspectives, offering reasons on why
or why not.
6. Offer your own narrative and ideas along the lines of the FFW authors – something of
your early experiences, and how you came to question injustices and develop critical
consciousness, your vision of feminism and liberation, and your vision for the future.
Philosophy 265 Paper Guidelines
Essays should be 5-6 pages, typewritten, double-spaced, and carefully proofread.
LATE PAPERS WILL BE PENALIZED, UNLESS YOU HAVE REQUESTED AND RECEIVED
AN EXTENSION BEFORE THE DEADLINE
Submit in class or bring to Comenius 110, or over Canvas or to firstname.lastname@example.org
8. Topic of your choice, proposed in writing to the professor at least four days prior to due date
and approved in advance.
Required Components of the Essay
Essays missing any of these components will be graded down for that
You may use any standard bibliographic system, such as APA, MLA, or Chicago
Note: the page range for each required component is suggested.
1. Title (Make this unique and specific to your essay. That is part of taking your work
seriously. Do not just write “Philosophy Paper.”
2. ½ -1 page Brief Introduction/Question (and any philosophical complexities, further
elaboration that is relevant to your argument, etc.) Give a relevant philosophical
exposition of the question, explaining its various dimensions an d complexities, why it
matters, etc. Focus on the most important theoretical issues, and outline any specific
details or examples that merit our attention.
3. 1-2 pages
Your Position and Argument for It Include precise thesis
statement. Explain your strongest argument for your position, stating your position
clearly, giving sound reasons and valid arguments to support your views.
4. 1 page
Objection to Your View and Counter-argument (to your view) Explain
at least one of a potential critic’s/opponents’ strongest criticisms of your argument,
rendering this potential objection fairly and sympathetically. (That is, show it to be a
genuine disagreement for good reasons, somehow. Don’t act like the objection is just
absurd.) If you are divided or of two minds on the issue, use the opposing ideas you
are tempted by and refine your position by re-establishing it and arguing for it even in
the face of that objection.
5. 1 page Your Replies and argument in response to your potential opponents’ one
or more strongest criticisms of your initial arguments, reaffirming your position in the
face of them
6. ½ - 1 page
Conclusion Re-affirming your position with reinforcement of your
argument, reminding the reader why your view should win out over the objections you
Be sure to follow all aspects of Moravian College’s academic conduct policy. Cite any sources
fully, giving page numbers. Academic misconduct may result in an F for the course and/or 0 for
You need not do any outside research. Your assignment is to engage deeply with one or more
texts from the course, developing your own view.
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