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Who’s up for some #moocmooc fun?

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Hey everyone – in case you hadn’t noticed we’re on week 2 of #moocmooc critical pedagogy.

Now I take my MOOCing seriously but I also wouldn’t be doing this kind of thing if it wasn’t enjoyable and rewarding ๐Ÿ™‚ all of the wonderful people who participate make it so ๐Ÿ™‚

Some of the key things about bell hooks’ writing is her focus on the whole person, not just their professional self; and her critical approach that does not only take one lens like gender or race but sees intersections and interactions

Another thing that bell hooks and Ellsworth do is they take the abstract critical theory and apply it to practice.

We included Anita Sarkeesian’s Lego series for this week both for the pop culture and concrete example value, and having video for ppl who might prefer that modality (low barriers to participation). We thought lego not video games because not everyone plays video games but most ppl (including here in my part of the world) know Lego.

So here are two ways I think this week can be fun –

Make a Make
Engage your creative self and create your own multimedia (or blog) critique of pop culture, a la Anita Sarkeesian – come on, you know you want to ๐Ÿ™‚ Or share something else you’ve found that’s relevant, e.g. i tweeted this gender critique of disney princesses, Hj De Waard tweeted this news of Lego in schools, assuring us it was not gender offensive ๐Ÿ™‚ ohhh and have you seen Gordon Lockhart’s MOOC poem, Emily Dickinson style? Not to be missed! Or Tania Sheko’s Freire play based on my blogpost, made on notegraphy? Fun stuff!

In the prompt we say:

Create your own feminist video/blogpost (e.g. critiquing sexist/patriarchy in pop culture such as childrenโ€™s cartoons, fairy tales, political behavior). Post your video or blogpost to #moocmooc and others can respond to it. We consider your posts primary texts alongside the โ€œofficialโ€ assigned readings โ€” in fact, many of the ideas in this post have been inspired by Twitter conversations and blogs from week 1.

Engage Culture
In the prompt we say

If you have culturally-specific examples of patriarchy or feminism, Tweet or blog them.

My hijab post was an example of this, sort of, so has Kris Shaffer’s post on spirituality.

Looking forward to seeing yours… And if not, maybe I’ll see you at the Twitter chat tom Jan 28 at noon EST

As an aside, I realized this morning that I haven’t really blogged bell hooks this week, then i remember, oh yeah, I co-authored this week’s prompt with Jesse ๐Ÿ™‚ lol

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