I interviewed retired NYPD Detective Mollie-Ann Gustine. She recently turned 90 years old in February. Given her position, she remained at the frontlines for many social and political movements. Since she is 90 she remains in a nursing home currently so I had limited time to engage with her, so I shall sum up some things I’ve learned about this amazing woman.
Retired Detective Mollie–Ann Gustine served with the NYPD from 1963 to 1983. Being an African-American woman at this time, she faced much adversity. She marched beside Malcolm X, became the first African-American woman to become a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) delegate, and she was gunned down in Queens in the 80s by three teens who attempted to rob her. She fired back after being shot in the chest and arm and of course, she survived the injuries.
Though it isn’t much information about her life in the 60s, she is nonetheless a hero and was only recently commemorated for her work with the NYPD.
It is with a heavy heart that I am announcing the passing of Ms. Mollie. She passed away last night (4/3/20) from coronavirus (COVID-19) complications.
I am doing well, just a bit stressed, due to all the sudden changes around me. I hope this semester is a success. To keep busy I have just been listening to music and writing, as it’s very therapeutic for me. Professor Gwen, I thank you for allowing us to adjust by not putting too much pressure on us about assignments. I know it has been hard for all of us.
Show that you have learned: Choose three posts/reading responses that you have done that were most important or impactful to you. What about them or the week’s topic was most important to your understanding of feminism, or the world more generally? Has your definition of feminism changed? If so, how?
Book Report—tell us about the Morrison book you read. Give us plot details and major characters, but also a spoiler alert if necessary. Draw connections between Morrison’s essay Playing in the Dark and the book you read.
What is material feminism and what does it offer that we haven’t yet seen? (use the texts and your annotation from hypothesis as an example)
What is Judith Butler talking about? What does it mean for gender to be a performance? Can you think of an example of performing gender (from personal experience or in the culture at large?)
What are the culture wars, and what do they have to do with feminism? (Use the Faludi and Heywood readings to find an appropriate definition—whose definition are you using?)
What does it mean to disidentify with something? Can you identify a time in your life when you disidentified with something you encountered? (note a passage in hypothesis with a definition and explain what you think Muñoz means in your post)
This Bridge Called My Back: Choose a passage from TBCMB, highlight it in hypothesis and explain what it is that you cited and why it is important to the larger text
Please write up instructions for how to use hypothesis to annotate a text (similar to your first blog post of the semester on how to post).