Many scholars and commentators argue that the COVID-19 pandemic demonstrates the ways in which feminism has failed women. While women, particularly in marginalized communities, have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic, I contend that we should approach it as an opportunity to reenvision, and even shape, what feminist futures can look like. The pandemic provoked an increased interest in crafting, both because of quarantine conditions and the need for many requiring masks to slow viral transmission. The COVID-19 pandemic, then, serves as the tipping point by which craft can and does function as resistive and transformative feminist work with the potential to “glitch” oppressive systems. Building on the research of Shira Chess, Tricia Hersey, and especially Legacy Russell’s vision of “Glitch Feminism,” I argue that craft is a vital way to reconfigure our theory and practice about what constitutes appropriate work, play, and rest. Reenvisioned, craft and other forms of making are embodied, resistive actions anchored in an ethic of care for self and others, thereby offering us practical examples of “glitch feminism” at a key point in time. The pandemic is not only a tipping point, but also a springboard for glitching the system in an effort to create more just and equitable futures for all.
Cato, Farrah M.. 2022. "COVID as Glitch: (Re)Visioning and (Re)Crafting a Feminist Future." Journal of Feminist Scholarship 21 (Fall): 11-21. 10.23860/jfs.2022.21.5.
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