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Degrees of DifferenceReflections of Women of Color on Graduate School$
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Kimberly D. McKee and Denise A. Delgado

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780252043185

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252043185.001.0001

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Sett bmit ragel “A Woman as Good as 100 Men”

Sett bmit ragel “A Woman as Good as 100 Men”

An Arab Woman’s Narratives on Discrimination in and outside Academia

(p.36) Chapter 2 Sett bmit ragel “A Woman as Good as 100 Men”
Degrees of Difference

Soha Youssef

University of Illinois Press

This chapter proposes the appropriation of pervasive gendered pejoratives, such as sett bmit ragel, conjuring their inherent power not only to raise the awareness of the agencies often inadvertently participating in microaggressions in U.S. academy, but also to dismantle the patriarchal systems of oppression that might be perpetuated by the continuous use of such pejoratives. To expose instances of interpersonal and systematic microaggressions that the author experienced as an Arab Muslim woman of color in academia, four vignettes are presented and grounded in current scholarship. The chapter concludes with a call to the academy, suggesting how it might cultivate spaces for Arab women to gain the courage to share our own experiences with microaggressions.

Keywords:   Arab, Muslim, women of color, microaggressions, academia, patriarchal systems of oppression

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