Feminist Disability Studies

GWS 366
Film Still from Sins Invalid: An Unashamed Claim to Beauty (2013)

This course explores the complex relationship between gender and disability, including the fraught connections that certain avenues of feminist, queer, and transgender politics have with disability. By approaching disability as a social and political category rather than a strictly medical one, we will pursue questions such as: how is the language of disability used to produce and police a variety of gender, sexual, and racial identities as non- normative? What role does disability have in reproductive justice work? How might debates over medicine, technology, and the concept of “natural” pit gender and disability against one another? How have feminist, queer, and transgender scholarship and activism engaged disability in ways both harmful and productive?