This is the class blog for Gender and Critical Inquiry, an introductory feminist theory course at Portland State University.  Together, we are writing about keywords in feminist theory in order to better understand what feminism is and why it needs theory.  Please join in.



  1. Hello everybody!

    I am new to ‘blogging,’ so please excuse my awkwardness. I’ll become modern yet!

    The word I wish to explore is praxis (I was curious & found the definition on Dictionary.com):

    prax·is –noun, plural prax·is·es, prax·es

    1.practice, as distinguished from theory; application or use, as of knowledge or skills.

    2.convention, habit, or custom.

    3.a set of examples for practice.
    [Origin: 1575–85; < ML < Gk prâxis deed, act, action, equiv. to prāk-, base of prssein to do, fare + -sis -sis]
    Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1)
    Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2006.

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