One connecting point I find in this week’s readings is the layers of diversity or inequality practices in a society. There is inequality of race, then inequality of gender, inequality of class, and the list seems to keeps going as layers of inequalities exist. First feminism comes as a reaction to practices of privileging males over females, and connected with race inequality practices where the White is privileged, a Black Feminism appears. Black Feminism then is based on two layers, first is gender and second is race. Feminist Disabilities Studies (FDS) also has two layers; gender and embodiment. It can go into three layers if race is added (why not?).
I now understand the multi-layers practices because the readings has shed light on them, but I never thought about the fact that if feminism is seeking equality with men, within feminism itself there should be equality of race. I, therefore, understand how important it is for technical communication teacher to make sure their classroom encompass activities that develop the students’ awareness of these practices. Students would understand that there might be practices that are socially unjust only if they are exposed to these practices. Using narratives as one way of enhancing students awareness of social justice is one applicable activity. I believe it is the reflecting part that might make it effective. Yet, I find it less effective than explicit instruction about social justice (and I still want to know what other classroom practices can help enhance students’ awareness of social justice). However, I think that a first hand experience would be more effective. That is, writing, for instance, would require the students to research, read, and reflect in their writing and have first hand experience with how language can be used to promote social justice.
Generally speaking, I find racism, sexism and others tricky concepts. A society member may be unaware of the fact that their practice or the language they use manifests racism or sexism or any form of inequity. The language people use and their practices are socially constructed and things that people would rarely question. Therefore, spreading the ethic of caring and the attempt to eliminate practices of exclusion can highlight these practices and promote social justice. Herein lies the importance of enhancing awareness of ethic caring in technical communication classrooms.