Rawson Queering Feminist Canonization

This week we’re reading K. J. Rawson’s “Queering Feminist Rhetorical Canonization” from Rhetorica in Motion. You may find the following discussion questions helpful in shaping your response: 

  • Rawson asks how we might define a “woman.” Why is this question essential to his argument? How is this question particularly relevant in today’s political climate?
  • What is “queering” or queer theory? What can this method teach us about sex and gender? How could this be helpful to your research?
  • In her TEDTalk, “What My Gender Transition Taught Me about Womanhood,” Paula Williams demonstrates that a trans experience can uncover gender. Is this an example of queering? How does this TEDTalk reify or problematize Rawson’s claims?  

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