I usually like to think that I am open minded to different religious views, financial backgrounds, and cultural heritages. However, I admit that I have not implemented a lot of queer theory into my writing. I have also not seen much of the theory implemented in writing at Stanford and high school. This does not imply that the student body is not open to ideas that are different from their own. I just feel that most students have not found the need or opportunity to include such differences in their writing.
I really enjoyed reading Jonathan Doucette’s “Composing Queers” because it exposed me to a topic I do not usually pay much attention to. In his piece, Doucette mentions, “Mitchell uses queerness as a way to engage her students actively and critically with pertinent political topics and ‘texts’ in both an academic and ‘public’ forum, challenging them to think of the ways reading and writing can produce ideas or mobilize action” (6). I agree with this view. By exposing students to these ideas, they can rise to the challenge of mobilizing action rather than remaining indifferent towards the various issues.
As a writing tutor, I should be able to be open-minded and encourage my tutees to feel comfortable expressing themselves through their writing. I should also ensure that I do not convey any bias I may have on to the student. This includes the practice of not assuming that the dominant beliefs are the same ones my tutee has. By dong this, I can help ensure my tutee feels safe and comfortable in the tutoring environment.
Aziza Dawodu, Class of 2014