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?