Lea(r) in: Feminism in the Fashion Classroom

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2016-11-09
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Jones, Katie
McAndrews, Laura
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The presentation is meant to inspire discussion regarding the role of the feminist perspective in the fashion classroom and the lives of fashion professors. The authors argue the current status of the industry and the growing activism around feminist issues, specifically (a) work-life balance, (b) female leadership, (c) female support systems, and (d) power/knowledge dynamics in Academia, demands recognition from our discipline. Discourse on these issues are important to prepare our predominantly female students (and their male peers) going out into the apparel industry as well as to educators in the apparel and textile discipline. The authors argue not for an institutionalized feminist ideology integration but rather an acknowledgement by textile and apparel educators of the multitude of issues facing the industry--and in the academy--that may benefit from a feminist perspective.

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