**The following dates are the dates on which the assignment is due/must be completed.**
UNIT 1: (De)constructing Sex and Gender
WS = on website – you will find the readings here. (Page is password protected. Log into Blackboard to retrieve the password.)
- Thursday, September 6th
Introduction to the course
2. Tuesday, September 11th
Join our class blog by creating a wordpress account and accepting my invitation. (You should have received an email inviting you to join Gender and Society Fall 2012 – follow the links in the email.)
WS: Judith Lorber, “The Social Construction of Gender” (1990)
WS: Lois Gould, “X: A Fabulous Child’s Story” (1978)
WS: News articles/clips on “genderless” children: Pop (http://www.thelocal.se/20232/20090623/) (2009) Storm (http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/inspiration-genderless-child-13718080) (2011)
3. Thursday, September 13th
WS: Simone de Beauvoir, “Introduction” to The Second Sex (1949)
WS: bell hooks, “Sisterhood: Political Solidarity between Women” (1986)
WS: Gloria Anzaldúa, La conciencia de la mestiza: Towards a new consciousness” (1987)
Friday, September 14th: By 11:59 pm tonight: If your last name begins with A-F: post a big question reflection in relation to the readings from September 11th and 13th on our class blog.
Monday, September 17th: By 11:59 pm tonight: If your last name begins with G-M: post at least one comment on one of the “big question reflections” that your peers posted on Friday.
- Tuesday, September 18th
WS: Judith Butler’s, “The Compulsory Order of Sex/Gender/Desire” and “Gender: The Circular Ruins of a Contemporary Debate” (excerpts from Gender Trouble.) (1990)
WS: See also Glossary for Butler
WS: Christine Delphy, “Rethinking Sex and Gender” (1993)
Recommended on WS: Julia Serano, “Experiential Gender” (2007)
- Thursday, September 20th
WS: Anne Fausto-Sterling, “Should There Be Only Two Sexes?” (2000)
WS: Journal of Genetic Counseling Commentaries on Caster Semenya and Gender Verification Testing (2010)
Friday, September 21st: By 11:59 pm tonight: If your last name begins with N-S: post a big question reflection in relation to the readings from September 18th and 20th on our class blog.
Monday, September 24th: By 11:59 pm tonight: If your last name begins with T-Z: post at least one comment on one of the “big question reflections” that your peers posted on Friday.
- Tuesday, September 25th
John Colapinto, As Nature Made Him, Part I
- Thursday, September 27th
John Colapinto, As Nature Made Him, Parts II, III, epilogue, afterword, and P.S. section
First Analyze/Respond Paper will be assigned in class today.
Media analysis groups assigned today: Check BB for your group information.
Media Object Choice Reflection Assignment discussed today (accessible on BB).
UNIT 2: Representing Gendered Bodies & Sexual Desire
- Tuesday, October 2nd:
Introduction to Unit 2
First Analyze/Respond Paper due on BB before class.
WS: John Berger, excerpt from Ways of Seeing (1972)
Recommended WS: Jean Kilbourne, “Buy this 24-year old and get all his friends absolutely free” (1999)
In-Class film: “Killing Us Softly 4” (2010)
- Thursday, October 4th
WS: Sharlene Nagy Hesse-Biber, “Selling the Body Beautiful: Food Dieting, and Recovery” (2007)
WS: Susan Bordo, “Reading the Slender Body” (1993)
- Tuesday, October 9th
Individual reflection on group object choice for media analysis project due in class today.
WS: Marilyn Wann, “Fat Studies: An Invitation to Revolution” (2009)
- Thursday, October 11th
**iMovie Tutorial in class today: you must bring the laptops to class that you’re using for your video projects***
WS: Wan-Hsiu Sunny Tsai, “Assimilating the Queers: Representations of Lesbians, Gay Men, Bisexual, and Transgender People in Mainstream Advertising” (2010)
Sunday, October 14th: By 11:59 pm tonight: EVERYONE MUST Upload to our class blog a photo or video of an advertisement/television commercial along a critique of the advertisement/commercial. Reqs: Post consists of 75-300 words, exclusive of citations, source attributions, and links. Your post should provide a critical assessment of the portrayal of sex, gender, and/or sexual desire (you may include more markers of difference in your analysis when applicable) in a print advertisement or television commercial (embed them or hyperlink them in your post). You must refer to course material to support your argument or use your critique to refute claims made by authors whose work we’ve read in class. Cite any sources used. Pay attention to setting, props, dialogue or ad copy, subjects, product being advertised, clothing, physical posturing, behavior, and the placement of the ad/commercial in the larger context of the host network or host print publication. What values are being sold or marketed as desirable and to whom? Attempt to identify the target audience of the ad – how does this audience influence your critique of the portrayal of sex, gender, or desire in the ad?
12. Tuesday, October 16th
WS: Samuel A. Chambers, “Heteronormativity and the L-Word” (2006)
WS: bell hooks “The Oppositional Gaze: Black Female Spectators” (originally pub 1992; 2003)
- Thursday, October 18th
WS: Patricia Hill-Collins, “Booty Call: Sex, Violence, and Images of Black Masculinity” (2005)
In-class film: Dreamworlds 3 (2007)
- Thursday, October 25th: MEET IN DRL ROOM A7 TODAY!!! (to see DRL on a map, click here)
Media Analysis Project Proposals Due in Class Today (bring hard copies: 1 group project proposal and individual group member proposals)
WS: Drucilla Cornell, “Introduction” in Feminism and Pornography (2000)
Strongly recommended: watch pornography or erotica; the type of pornography is up to you and you also get to decide what constitutes “pornography” or “erotica.”
In-class guest lecturer:
Tristan Taormino: “My Life As a Feminist Pornographer”
Award-winning author and director Tristan Taormino shares her personal journey from writer and sex educator to self-identified feminist pornographer. Hear about her first foray into porn on and off camera and what led her to form her own company, Smart Ass Productions, and become an exclusive director for Vivid Entertainment, one of the largest adult companies in the industry. She will share her definition of feminist porn, what she hopes to accomplish with her films, and the challenges she faces in the adult industry and in her professional career as a sex educator. She will bring an old argument to a new level of discussion: Is feminist pornography a paradox or can we really create sex-positive empowering porn? Tristan will address the recent controversy over Oregon State University canceling her keynote appearance at the Modern Sex conference because of her involvement with pornography. She’ll discuss why it was an anti-sex statement, the implications on free speech and sex education, and why a feminist is the most “dangerous” kind of pornographer.
Analyze/Respond Paper #2 available on Blackboard by today.
15. Tuesday, October 30th
CLASS CANCELLED DUE TO HURRICANE SANDY
16. Thursday, November 1st
In-class Paper Workshop and Group Project Work. BRING YOUR LAPTOPS TO CLASS TODAY! And, be sure to bring the laptop (and/or external hard drive) that has your video project on it.
Friday, November 2nd: By 11:59 pm tonight: If your last name begins with T-Z: post a big question reflection in relation to the readings and/or guest lecture from October 2nd through October 25th on our class blog.
Monday, November 5th: By 11:59 pm tonight: If your last name begins with N-S: post at least one comment on one of the “big question reflections” that your peers posted on Friday.
- Tuesday, November 6th
WS: bell hooks, “Seduced by Violence No More” (1994)
WS: Rachel Kramer Bussel, “Beyond Yes or No: Consent as Sexual Process” (2008)
Wednesday, November 7th by 11:59pm: Second Analyze/Respond Paper due on BB!
UNIT 3: Gendered Borders: Labor and Health
- Thursday, November 8th
Introduction to Unit 3: Gendered Labor and Gendered Health
WS: Sheila Jeffreys, “Keeping Women Down and Out: The Strip Club Boom and the Reinforcement of Male Dominance” (2008)
WS: Ehrenreich and Hochschild, “Global Woman” (2003)
- Tuesday, November 13th
WS: Ruth Cowan, “Household Technology and Household Work between 1900 and 1940” (1983)
WS: Lisa Belkin, “When Mom and Dad Share It All” (2008)
- Thursday, November 15th
WS: Ehrenreich & English “The Sexual Politics of Sickness” (1978)
WS: Ellen Samuels, “My Body, My Closet: Invisible Disability and the Limits of Coming-Out Discourse” (2003)
Saturday, November 17th: Draft of MAP Video uploaded to SAS Media Server by 11:59pm tonight. See Blackboard for assignment details and instructions.
Monday, November 19th: Group Self-Critique of Video Draft due on BB by 11:59pm tonight (one per group) and Peer Review of Peer Group’s Video Draft (one per student) due in your own group’s folder on the SAS Media Server by 11:59 p.m. tonight. See Blackboard for assignment details and instructions.
- Tuesday November 20th
In-Class Film: The Business of Being Born (2007)
WS: excerpt from Shulamith Firestone’s The Dialectic of Sex (1970)
- Tuesday, November 27th
Unit 3 Analyze/Respond assignment available on BB today.
WS: Angela Davis, “Racism, Birth Control and Reproductive Rights” (1981)
WS: NY Times article (by Katrin Bennhold, June 9, 2010) on Swedish parental leave policy: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/10/world/europe/10iht-sweden.html?pagewanted=all
- Thursday, November 29th
In class film: Diagnosing Difference (2011)
WS: Dean Spade, “Resisting Medicine, Re/modelling Gender” (2003)
Friday, November 30th: By 11:59 pm tonight: If your last name begins with G-M: post a big question reflection in relation to the readings and film from November 1st through November 29th on our class blog.
Monday, December 3rd: By 11:59 pm tonight: If your last name begins with A-F: post at least one comment on one of the “big question reflections” that your peers posted on Friday.
- Tuesday December 4th
WS: Dean Spade, “About Purportedly Gendered Body Parts” (2011)
Optional! WS: Karin Martin, “William Wants a Doll. Can He Have One? Feminists, Child Care Advisors, and Gender-Neutral Child Rearing” (2005)
- Thursday December 6th
Unit 3 Assessment: Third Analyze/Respond Paper due on BB before class today.
All required blog posts and any extra posts you are writing for participation points must by posted by 11:59p.m. tonight (Dec 6th).
- Wednesday, December 12th noon – 2pm NOTE ROOM CHANGE!
Room 419, Fisher-Bennett Hall
Presentations of Videos: by 11:30 a.m. upload your FINAL video to the SAS media server AND to YouTube. PLEASE INVITE YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS TO ATTEND THIS VIEWING!
***Friday, December 14th at 11:59pm: Optional Video Essay due on BB***