Category Archives: Extra Credit

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“Tomboy”

As I was skimming through the genres of Netflix the other day, I saw a category that I had yet to notice titled “Gay and Lesbian.” I scanned this section to see some outrageous comedies that involved gays or lesbians … Continue reading

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“(A)Sexual”

Asexuality was largely unmentioned during our Gender & Society course this semester. After viewing the documentary “(A) Sexual” in order to learn more about this expression of sexuality, it seems that neither is it a prevalent topic of discussion outside … Continue reading

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Irina Carmon on Women and the 2012 Election

Last week Irina Carmon delivered a talk on the role of women’s rights issues in the 2012 campaign. She was not hesitant to display her content with the results of the election in the realm of women’s issues, including representation … Continue reading

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Tough Guise

The film “Tough Guise” explores the construction of masculinity. One of the themes is that the current masculine ideal is someone who is “tough physically and emotionally”. Physical toughness is shown as being physically imposing. Mental toughness is shown as … Continue reading

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Easy A: Slut Shaming

In Easy A, a female high school student (Olive) becomes labeled a “whore” because of rumors that are started about her having sex with many social outcasts of the school. First, the film negatively portrays Christianity. As movie viewers, we … Continue reading

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Irin Carmon: Body Politics

Irin Carmon is a feminist blogger at Salon.com and an author. At Penn, she talked about the various difficulties women face to take control of their bodies, the politics that surround women rights, and hope she has for the future. … Continue reading

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Paris is Burning

Paris is Burning is a documentary by Jennie Livingston about queer ball scene, best described as underground drag shows or pageants put on by queer persons of color, during the late 1980s. The documentary explores the lives of a variety … Continue reading

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Irin Carmon: “Body Politics”

The major central claims that Irin Carmon made in her talk were that a woman’s status in society is directly related to the reproductive rights of women and she explained three of the key reasons for positive things happening regarding … Continue reading

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EC Irin Carmon: Body Politics

Irin Carmon is a feminist journalist who came to Penn to speak as part of the Love Your Body series.  She discussed how women were represented this year in politics and how they have reacted to this.  She sees 3 … Continue reading

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Miss Representation

“Miss Representation,” a documentary produced by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, advances the idea that women are from a young –and increasingly younger– age being bombarded with images of other women in the media who are in positions of either dubious power … Continue reading

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