Teaching Don't Explain
Don't Explain Presentation: Outline & PowerPoint
If you are interested in presenting on varying themes of Don't Explain, please use the below slideshow as a source of information, as well as an aide to your presentation. Below the video is an outline that can also be used as a tool when presenting.
Don’t Explain Outline
Introduce the Book
Introduce the 3 main themes we will be talking about-
In your groups, we would like you to discuss these themes and how they were seen in the novel, as well as the articles for today. We would like you to pull some examples from the text to share with the class. What is to be learned from these theme? Author’s intent? How can we relate this theme to the main ideas of the class?
*Groups will be given 5 minutes to individually look, then 5-7 for full group?
1. Racial, Class & Gender Hierarchy
Quote: “As black women, lesbians, and transmen, we continue to live on the margins of society, still struggling to claim our sexual citizenship, visibility, and safety in the public sphere.”
In this theme, we would like to explore and discuss struggles of those who fall into multiple categories of being the minority and being oppressed. For example, Must they make a choice between fighting to be black, women, gay or all of these?
2. Identity: Race vs. Sexual Identity
Quote: “Is Gay the new Black?”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uwyO2Tmi8s ←--- Tyra episode when she talks about “is gay the new black?”
Identifying the fact that black lesbians are forced to either identify with being a black woman, or a homosexual woman.
Outside source: “The Advocate” is a magazine written for the LGBTQ community that brought up the issue of whether or not gay is the black. http://townhall.com/columnists/sandyrios/2009/02/06/tyra_banks_is_gay_the_new_black/page/full/
Quote: “In her book Feminism and Science Fiction, Sara Lefanu said, “For women, [speculative fiction] can be seen as allowing the expression of wish fulfillment” (1988, 76). For Black lesbians the wishes are a lot larger and richer than most people have been able to imagine. In our speculations about the future the vision of the struggle is often quite brutal, but the vision of the triumph is equally fantastic”. -Article by Gomez on Angel
This theme is demonstrated through the exploration of Black Lesbian’s acceptance in society. The article discussed speculative fiction and how this is the only way to write about black lesbians in a space that is ok. For instance, by placing such issues in a futuristic setting, apart from current day society, it is almost as if the issues themselves are fantasies and not real. The quote shows the struggle that occurs, but the idea and vision that acceptance is “equally fantastic”. We would like to go into how Don’t Explain serves as a space of acceptance for those seeking it. Who in the book is accepted? What are the conditions of the acceptance? Are there any? Could readers find acceptance in these short stories?