Collaborative Thinking as Sustaining Feminist Practice

For me, writing and thinking collaboratively—with my feminist friends and colleagues—is a feminist practice. My collaborations sustain me and “save[…] me from this complacency I fear” (Gloria Anzaldúa, “Speaking in Tongues” 2003). We cannot write and rewrite this world by ourselves. The feeling of community and the knowledge that we are in this together makes me feel braver. When we write together, we create a network of thinking, we create rooms for our thoughts, and, as Ahmed writes “if we put ourselves in the same room, how much knowledge would we have! No wonder feminism causes fear; together, we are dangerous” (Living a Feminist Life, 18, 2007).

—Maria Stehle, University of Tennessee, Knoxville