Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Week 15 Discussion Question(s)
In Mary Margaret Fonow and Debian Marty’s “The Shift from Identity Politics to the Politics of Identity: Lesbian Panels in the Women’s Studies Classroom,” the authors address the "impression management" that lesbian panelists often struggle with while discussing their sexual identity in front of a classroom. Similarly, Michelle Cox and Katherine E. Tirabassi both questioned whether to self-disclose their experiences with rape to their students in “Dangerous Responses.” How do we determine which of our personal disclosures--particularly those that are deeply emotional or deal with trauma--have pedagogical value, and which are better left unsaid? When, and to what extent, may students be more enriched by our silence than our voice? And at what point do we draw the line in regards to our vulnerability?