Video: The Nuts and Bolts of Chican@ Feminist Theory

You say you want to understand Chican@ Feminist Theory? We have just what you’ve been looking for.

Huh? Video creator Rafael Solorzano explains

I set out to create an animated video series of Chicana Feminist Theoretical framework, beginning with Chela Sandoval’s Methodology of the Oppressed. This video was created for Chicana and Chicano Studies scholars, community activists, who are engaged in campaigns that build community across cultures, create new languages of resistance and uplift policies that empower our most marginalized communities. This video series is intended for an emerging generation of community activists, who are looking for frameworks that help them think critically about power, dominant ideologies, coalition building, heteropatriarchy, and multisided resistance.

For the past 15 years, I have seen many community activists and organizers struggle internally and externally over issues of how to create change. How does one build coalitions and alliances among and/or across race, class, gender and sexualities? What are the radical possibilities of coalitions? How do you address heterosexism and homophobia among men and women? How do we organize campaigns that are multi-issue and speak to our lived realities as people of color? How do we create a theory of change that addresses multiple faces of power? How do we (de)code languages of resistance and/or domination? These questions are not new and have been written about extensively by U.S. third world feminist, especially Chicanas.

In the 60s and 70s, U.S. third world feminist created a politic that responded to our colonial ways of organizing our homes and communities as colonized people. They were speaking out against distorted relationships grounded in heteropatriarchy. I propose to share the radical methodological teachings of Chicana Feminist theorists via social media, as a way to popularize their tools and interventions among community activists, who are engaged in thinking critically about how to transform themselves and their communities,