Disrupting Students' Misunderstandings (and misgivings) about Feminism through a Popular Press Book: A Feminist Research Team's Practices as a Site of Analysis




Christopher, Samantha D.
Sharp, Elizabeth A.

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Texas State University, Center for Diversity and Gender Studies


In response to the sustained and widespread resistance to feminism within U.S. classrooms and the underuse of undergraduate researchers in large universities, our research team experimented with a popular press book on feminism. Using our research team as a case study, we argue that the book, Full Frontal Feminism: A Young Woman’s Guide to Why Feminism Matters, offered benefits including: (a) advanced understandings of feminism, (b) increased comfort with critiquing arguments, and (c) increased confidence and application of feminism. We hope the paper encourages other feminist-identified scholars to expand their use of feminist popular culture texts to cultivate interest, increase understanding of fundamental feminist sensibilities, and ultimately enhance their research projects while working with undergraduate researchers.



feminism, research, undergraduate engagement, teaching


Christopher, S. D., & Sharp, E. A. Disrupting students' misunderstandings (and misgivings) about feminism through a popular press book: A feminist research team's practices as a site of analysis. Journal of Research on Women and Gender, 9(1), pp. 41-56.


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