Date on Honors Thesis

Spring 5-2023


English/Professional Writing


Creative Writing

Examining Committee Member

Dr. Danielle Nielsen, Advisor

Examining Committee Member

Dr. Joshua Adair, Committee Member

Examining Committee Member

Dr. Jeffrey Osborne, Committee Member


Consciousness raising (CR) typically refers to the specific small group practice pioneered by second-wave feminists, but as networked media gradually replaced the small group process, new forms that are descended from the original CR emerged. This thesis traces consciousness raising from it's origins in the late 1960s and early '70s, through third-wave feminism, to contemporary feminist uses. It analyzes the rhetorical effects and functions of CR from the perspective of Symbolic Convergence theory, considering the various media through which CR is practiced. Finally, using the understanding of CR and its functions that this provides, it analyzes how one specific contemporary feminism, Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminism, uses CR forms to control transgender rights discourses.

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