Students in the discipline of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies are uniquely positioned to critically engage with systems of power and apply academic theory to real world practice as a field that has a clear and implicit social justice angle to its scholarship. The Open Access movement can benefit from the critical theories used in WGS as a means of ensuring maximum inclusivity of the movement. Further, WGS students must acknowledge their privileged position within an academic institution and publish in ways that undermine the systems of power that lock up knowledge behind a toll in order to align their practices with the values of the discipline.
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Appedu, Sarah. "Open Access, Social Justice, and the Moral Imperative: Why OA Publishing Matters to WGS." Presented for Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies students at Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA, October 2018.