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Critical Organic Writing to Decode Oppression  Hilda Sotelo (Education, UTEP, El Paso, TX )   C24

COW (Critical Organic Writing) is a feminist pedagogical tool to decode desconocimientos or oppression, targets language construction within naguala (subconsciousness). COW was successfully implemented in a qualitative research that employed Abya Yala feminism (indigenous & Chicana) along with LatCrit to decode and to explore what are the different oppressions directed towards women in educational literary, artistic and sociocultural systems in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, the twin city of El Paso, Tx. The oppressions for the purpose of this study are considered captivity (Lagarde, 2005) or what Gloria Anzald'a called desconocimientos (Anzald'a, 2015) desconocimientos leads to escape from personal and collective shadows that are in the psyche of culture. Oppression had been questioned from a patriarchal vision (Weiler, 1991 p 449) but feminist pedagogues are studying the different oppressive experiences in women. Two questions were responded via MaxQDA a software that allows coding with various categories such affection, experiences, metaphors, feelings, identity, power. The research questions are Q1: What are the oppressions that are exercised in women in their learning processes, according to their opinions and personal experiences? Q2: Is critical organic writing functional to decode oppression and teaching literary creation free from harassment towards women? Results and conclusion will be shared during the presentation. References Anzald'a, G (2015) Light in the Dark/Luz en lo Oscuro: Rewriting Identity, Spirituality, Reality. First Edition by Ana Louise Keating. Duke University Press Books. Lagarde M. (2003) Mujeres cuidadoras: entre la obligacion y la satisfaccion. Recuperado de http://pmayobre.webs.uvigo.es/textos/marcela_lagarde_y_de_los_rios/mujeres_cuidadoras_entre_la_obligacion_y_la_satisfaccion_lagarde.pdf Kathleen Weiler (1991) Freire and a Feminist Pedagogy of Difference. Harvard Educational Review: December 1991, Vol. 61, No. 4, pp. 449-475. https://doi.org/10.17763/haer.61.4.a102265jl68rju84