Category Archives: Big Question Reflection

100-300 words, exclusive of citations, source attributions, and links. Take one of the “big questions” (What is inequity? What is justice? What is freedom? Is there such a thing as free choice? What is fairness? What is oppression? What is privilege? What is discrimination? For what are you responsible? For/To what will you or must you re/act?) and tailor your answer to it in relation to the specific issues, concerns, and themes that we have been learning about and grappling with thus far in the semester. Your answer should include a text response but it does not need to be limited to this; indeed, you may want to use a particular event or story to frame your response by including and referencing a link to an external site or page that gives us more information about it. Alternatively, you may want to share a song or other audio file that frames your textual response to one of the “big questions.” Cite any sources used.

The Privilege of Sexual Empowerment

I am a very confused feminist. I believe that pornography degrades women, positioning them into an object of a male’s desires. I also believe that a woman should be able to feel empowered in her sexuality by engaging in pornography. … Continue reading

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For what are you responsible?

I read a book about phenomena in the field of social psychology called “Influence, the Psychology of Persuasion,” which explained that since there is too much information in existence for humans to process, there is a tendency to compartmentalize information … Continue reading

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For/To what will you or must you re/act?

An answer to this question is suggested by the film “Diagnosing Difference” by Annalise Ophelian.  In the film, thirteen individuals who associate with the transgender identity share their testimonies regarding their personal gender narratives and how the concept of transgender … Continue reading

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Mediating Content (For What Am I Responsible?)

When I was in high school I liked rap music.  I still do, but back then I was less particular about the quality of the music’s content.  It was about money, drugs, and women.  To my shame, I sang along … Continue reading

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What is Discrimination? Dreamworlds 3

The film shown in class, Dreamworlds 3, examines the narratives told about contemporary music videos pertaining to sex, gender, and sexuality. The film encourages viewers to consider how these narratives shape individual and cultural attitudes about what it means to … Continue reading

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For what are corporations responsible when it comes to transgender health benefits?

NOTE: It is impossible to ask whether or not corporations should be responsible for transgender health care coverage without first asking whether or not corporations should be responsible for health care coverage at all. For the purposes of this BQR, … Continue reading

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What is Privilege?

In answering the question what is privilege my first thought was my immediate assignation of “whiteness”. The second, my assignation of “male” to privilege. The third, my assignation of heterosexuality to privilege. After, I had to question why, even now, my … Continue reading

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What is Discrimination?

In this unit, we have seen the extensive medicalization of gender. The Sexual Politics of Sickness explains that physicians thought the natural state of a woman is being sick. “Diagnosing Differences” showed that being transgendered is stated by the DMS … Continue reading

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What is oppression?

Why are we as people of society never pleased with one type of body? I just had a conversation with a friend about the supermodel Kate Upton, who in some ways physically conforms to “body ideals” and in other ways … Continue reading

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For What Are You Responsible?

My time in Gender & Society has made me do a lot of thinking about the social hierarchies we operate in. Who made these hierarchies? If the answer is the privileged  does that mean every privileged individual has made a conscious choice to uphold this … Continue reading

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