From Sabotage to Support

Book description

Women are acculturated within systems that encourage them to sabotage one another; this book shows how they can break free of this cultural programming and use whatever privilege and power they have to raise each other up.

Joy Wiggins and Kami Anderson advocate that the only way women can successfully support each other is by addressing the varying intersections of our individual power and privileges, particularly focusing on how some privileges are inherited along lines of race, class, sexuality, and geography. When we fully examine how we have power in certain situations and not in others, we start to see where we can lend privilege to create truly inclusive spaces for the historically underrepresented and marginalized.

Wiggins and Anderson look at how the dynamics of privilege and power have played out in the history of the feminist movement and identify and break down socialized behaviors and ideologies that trigger implicit bias and microaggressions. And they provide tools to interrupt negative thoughts and actions so women can nurture mutual support and show up as their authentic selves. Each chapter features a dialogue between them reflecting on how issues of race, privilege, and power have played out in their lives and their friendship.

The system of patriarchy has created an environment for women to knowingly and unknowingly sabotage each other—it is not inherent in women themselves. This book teaches us how to take an active approach to becoming better allies for each other and by so doing improve our world and end the cycle of injustice.

Table of contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Dedication
  5. Contents
  6. Introduction The Path to Liberation
    1. Who We Are
    2. What to Expect
    3. Why This Book? Why Now?
    4. Smash the Patriarchy!
    5. A Day in the Liberated Life!
    6. Moving Forward
  7. Chapter 1 A Brief History of Feminist Movements
    1. First-Wave Feminism from 1800 to 1920
    2. The Second Wave: Civil and Reproductive Rights
    3. The Third Wave: Power Feminism and the Beauty Myth
    4. The Fourth Wave: Intersectionality
    5. Action Steps
  8. Chapter 2 The Pervasive Patriarchy
    1. What Is Patriarchy?
    2. The Effects of Socialization
    3. Women in Leadership
    4. 200 Percent
    5. Socialization and Double Consciousness: The Other Side of the Coin
    6. Action Steps
  9. Chapter 3 The Power of Privilege
    1. Through the Lens of Race
    2. Deconstruct What You Think You Know
    3. Checking Our Privilege
    4. Power as a Tool for Sabotage
    5. Action Steps
  10. Chapter 4 Moving Through and Within
    1. Implicit and Explicit Bias
    2. Microaggressions
    3. White Fragility
    4. The Myth of Intercultural Solidarity
    5. Action Steps
  11. Chapter 5 Self-Care and the Path to Empowerment
    1. Defining Empowerment
    2. Disempowerment: The Masks We Wear
    3. What Does Empowerment Really Look Like?
    4. Action Steps
  12. Chapter 6 Support for Solidarity
    1. A Look Back
    2. Authenticity
    3. Recruitment and Retention
    4. Accountability Policies and Procedures
    5. Professional Development
    6. The Wage Gap
    7. How Can You Be an Ally?
    8. Action Steps
  13. Chapter 7 Support for Transformation and Liberation
    1. Liberation Has Always Been a Possibility
    2. Allyship and Liberation
    3. Affinity Groups for Support and Empowerment
    4. Woman Power Up!
    5. Repairing and Reconciling
    6. Action Steps
  14. Conclusion The Gift of Support
    1. Moving from Sabotage to Support
    2. Men and Liberation
    3. Final Thoughts: Self
    4. Final Thoughts: Others
  15. Appendix A: Terms to Know
  16. Appendix B: Women to Know
  17. Notes
  18. Acknowledgments
  19. Index
  20. About the Authors

Product information

  • Title: From Sabotage to Support
  • Author(s): Joy L. Wiggins, Kami J. Anderson
  • Release date: May 2019
  • Publisher(s): Berrett-Koehler Publishers
  • ISBN: 9781523098491