During week 12, we had the opportunity to learn more about non-dominant culture in the field of professional and technical communication. This unit was probably the most eye opening for me since it was a lot of intense and “real” talk type of information. Often times, non-dominant culture can be overlooked or not taken as highly into consideration since it is in the minority. So, naturally, I welcomed the opportunity to learn more.
During this week’s readings, chapter 8 by Kristen Moore was easily my favorite. In this chapter, she provides a rough but strong definition of black feminist theory, the terms and limits of its use, the applications of black feminist theory, using black feminist theory in the classroom, and the application of the four tenets.I was curious to learn more about black feminist epistemology and was surprised to read/learn that Moore was in fact White. Not to say that she could not research the approach and present it for this reason, but it left me taking her analysis with a grain of salt. Why? Well, I almost felt that it was difficult to take everything she said seriously since she had never experienced it before. That said, I do appreciate your openness in discussing her background and her dedication to bringing more attention to black feminist epistemology.
Chapter 9 by Marie Moeller discusses advocacy engagement, medical rhetoric, and expediency and how to teach technical communication in the age of altruism. Moeller opens the article by asking several questions related to the educator’s perspective. After doing so, she focuses on the role of technical communication in enacting, critiquing, and theorizing advocacy-based rhetoric dissemination. In order to accomplish this, Moeller utilizes the theoretical framework of Feminist Disability Studies. Moeller also makes the connection between technical communication and non-profits and how the field of technical communication can engage non-profit organizations. Later in the chapter, Moeller uses the Susan Komen race for the cure website to articulate the misuse/lack of proper technical communication. I was incredibly surprised to learn that such a reputable organization would be guilty of this, but was relieved and happy to know they made the necessary improvements to their website.
In Chapter 10, Jones and Walton use narratives to foster critical thinking and social justice. This is an incredibly relevant topic in our world- we hardly ever go by one day without hearing one of the following concepts: social justice, diversity, and inclusion. At least I know I certainly don’t in my world of student affairs. We live in a very diverse and challenging world and it’s becoming increasingly important for global citizens to be able to to think critically and to see the world through a perspective that promotes social justice, diversity, and inclusion. Although there is still work to be done, I am impressed with how the field of technical communication is making improvements in embracing non-dominant perspectives.