Campus Only Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
© 2015 Helena B. Mietka
In this thesis, I trace my personal journey and the precursors of unlearning and conversation necessary to start to move towards anti-racism. With a focused look on specific aspects of feminist history, Scripps College as a place was historically contextualized. This allowed for an exploration of its student body, a look at the ways in which traditional gender meanings and expectations necessarily operate within that space. White students who claim the label feminist add complexity to that space, though their reactions to conversations of race can be traced back to the historic and gender over-determined systems of domination and victimhood that produce caustic white feminist tears. Finally, different ways of having difficult conversations are discussed, along with detailed understandings of why those conversations are necessary. In conclusion, I try to envision a kind of feminism that I would like myself and my peers to continue to work for, and emphasize again the sort of education that one must undergo in order to continue their awareness and work.
Mietka, Helena Budzynska, "White Feminist Tears: Understanding Emotion, Embracing Discomfort, Exploring Dominant Femininities At Scripps College, and Stepping Towards a Critical White Anti-Racist Feminism" (2015). Scripps Senior Theses. 656.
This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.