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Feminism and the Need to be an Ally

Michael Faris

By Michael Faris
Michael Faris currently identifies as a queer man and resides in Corvallis, Oregon. He earned his master's degree in English, emphasizing in rhetoric and writing, at Oregon State and currently teaches at in the English department there. He is also a poet, a social justice activist at Oregon State, and a former middle school teacher. He grew up on a farm in rural Iowa before moving out to Oregon, and plans on earning his PhD in the future and teaching college.
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Works Cited

Butler, Judith. “Critically Queer.” Queer Politics, Queer Theories. Ed. Shane Phelan. New York: Routledge, 1997. 13-29.

Dworkin, Andrea. Intercourse. New York: Macmillan, 1987.

Ferguson, Ann. “Moral Responsibility and Social Change: A New Theory of Self.” Hypatia 12.3 (Summer 1997): 116-141.

MacKinnon, Catharine A. Toward a Feminist Theory of the State. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 1989.

Stoltenberg, John. The End of Manhood: Parables on Sex and Selfhood. Revised Ed. London: UCL Press, 2000.

Wilchins, Riki. "A Continuous Nonverbal Communication." GenderQueer: Voices from Beyond the Sexual Binary. Eds. Joan Nestle, Clare Howell, and Riki Wilchins. Los Angeles: Aylson Books, 2002. 11-17.

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Cristian said:

I just finished writing an essay about how wonderful this essay is. It's so modern and amazing. This is the best essay I have ever read. Is there more to read by Michael Faris? I would love to read more of his work.

Posted at: March 23, 2009 3:14 PM

Deanna said:

Beautifully written, concise, and enjoyable to read. Thank you very much for this.

Posted at: August 15, 2009 7:08 PM

Richard said:

Really beautiful essay. An amazing message on how it would great if people could just accept others for who not what they are. Spot on about the way traditional masculinity is too often expressed by victimizing the 'other'.

Posted at: June 12, 2011 10:46 AM

john miller said:

I grew up in the south in the 50's and 60's so I know a lot about being picked on and bullied. I knew I was different from everyone else and couldn't understand why I was so disliked, everyone seemed to know but me, I liked more femminine things back then and when I finally opened that closet door when I was 17 it was like a whole new great world opened for me I could look people in the eye, hold my head up and was proud of myself I moved to New york and got in touch with myself and because of my life I had a much more intersesting life than all those small minded bigoted people I left behind I wish I had known someone like you , it would have made growing up a lot easier Just remember hold your head up and be proud of your unique self.

Posted at: February 9, 2012 12:05 PM