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Christina Bowerman - Class of 2013

Tell us a little bit about your background.

I was born and raised in Walnut Creek, California.  I went to Las Lomas High School in Walnut Creek and was eager to burst away from what was familiar.

When did you decide to become a WGSS major?

I came to Wooster with an interest in WGSS but took a variety of classes in different departments my freshman year.  It was not until Spring of 2010 when in my Global Feminisms class that I decided that the WGSS coursework was a compelling combination of being challenging and thought provoking.  I am always forced to challenge my ideas and assumptions about the world.

Why did you decide to become a WGSS major?

I was nervous to declare a WGSS major but I decided to because the coursework was and is varied and demanding.  I wanted to be passionate about what I was learning, and I have always been passionate about issues surrounding the queer community and women, along with others.  WGSS allowed me to learn in the classroom but continue the conversations outside of the classroom as well with my peers and others.

How do you plan or imagine using your major after Wooster?

I am a double major with WGSS and Religious Studies and I hope to use these two interdisciplinary areas of study to destigmatize the areas of studies with one another.  WGSS is not an area of study that approaches religions often or well and Religious Studies tends to stray away from WGSS related topics.  I hope through my research and future jobs that these areas of study and areas of life can start to interact more rather than just coexist in the world.

What about the major sets it apart from others for you?

The difference of a WGSS major from the other majors is the shear amount of time one can spend debating the same issue with others.  I have had conversations that have spanned over years trying to understand or make sense of a part of the world.  I also love how passionate WGSS majors and WGSS professors are.  The atmosphere in the classroom is contagious.

If you could be a superhero, which one would it be and why?

I would love to be invisible.  Is that a superhero?  I guess it is more of a superpower.  I would be invisible girl.  I would love the power to be a fly on the wall in conversations with people.  I would pick mind reading, but I think that would be too overwhelming.

What books related to WGSS do you recommend to others?

The spark for my I.S. is Straight to Jesus written by Tayna Erzen which is an ethnography about the ex-gay movement.  Another standout in my education so far is Fun Home by Alison Bechdel, which is a graphic memoir that depicts the author's childhood and her relationship with her father.  Another great memoir I have read at Wooster is She Looks Just Like You: A Memoir of (Nonbiological Lesbian) Motherhood written by Amie Klempnauer Miller.

What distinguishes feminist pedagogy from other perspectives on teaching?

The part of feminist pedogogy that distinguishes it from other perspectives on teaching is the focus of reflectivity.  The reflectivity of oneself as a learner, as a teacher, as a researcher, and as a subject is especially important.  This is an important piece of feminist pedagogy in regard to Wooster and the I.S. process, which is why it seems like such a distinguishing factor from other areas of study or other I.S. processes.  My position as a researcher will directly impact the research I collect for I.S. and reflecting on this is important to validate the research and make the research more transparent.