**The following dates are the dates on which the assignment is due/must be completed.**
WS = on website – you will find the readings here. (This page is password protected. To retrieve password log into your Blackboard account.)
UNIT 1: (De)constructing Sex and Gender
- Monday, September 10th
Introduction to the course
2. Monday, September 17th
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)
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)
Wednesday, September 19th: 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 17th on our class blog.
Friday, September 21st: 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 Wednesday.
- Monday, September 24th
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 Notes for Butler and Glossary for Butler
WS: Christine Delphy, “Rethinking Sex and Gender” (1993)
Recommended on WS: Julia Serano, “Experiential Gender” (2007)
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)
Media analysis groups assigned today: Check Blackboard for your group information.
Wednesday, September 26th: By 11:59 pm tonight: If your last name begins with G-M: post a big question reflection in relation to the readings from September 24th on our class blog.
Friday, September 28th: 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 Wednesday.
- Monday, October 1st
John Colapinto, As Nature Made Him, entire book, including the epilogue, afterword, and the P.S. section
First Analyze/Respond Paper will be assigned in class today.
Media Object Choice Reflection Assignment discussed today (accessible on BB).
Wednesday, October 3rd: By 11:59 pm tonight: If your last name begins with N-Z: publish a spark post on our class blog.
Friday, October 5th: By 11:59 pm tonight: Individual reflection on group object choice for media analysis project must be posted on BB
UNIT 2: Representing Gendered Bodies & Sexual Desire
- Monday, October 8th
Class will be held in Weigle Info Commons in Van Pelt Library: iMovie Tutorial in class today: you must bring the laptops to class that you’re using for your video projects!
First Analyze/Respond Paper due on BB before class.
WS: Jean Kilbourne, “Buy this 24-year old and get all his friends absolutely free” (1999)
WS: John Berger, excerpt from Ways of Seeing (1972)
In-Class film: “Killing Us Softly 4” (2010)
Sunday, October 14th: By 11:59 pm tonight: EVERYONE MUST Upload to our class blog a photo or video of an advertisement or television commercial along a critique of the advertisement/commercial. Requirements: 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?
- Monday, October 15th
WS: Sharlene Nagy Hesse-Biber, “Selling the Body Beautiful: Food Dieting, and Recovery” (2007)
WS: Susan Bordo, “Reading the Slender Body” (1993)
WS: Marilyn Wann, “Fat Studies: An Invitation to Revolution” (2009)
No class Monday, October 22nd: Fall Break
Thursday, October 25th: By 11:59 pm tonight: individual and group media analysis project proposals must be posted on BB
Friday, October 26th: By 11:59 pm tonight: If your last name begins with A-M: publish a spark post on our class blog.
- Monday, October 29th
CLASS CANCELLED DUE TO HURRICANE SANDY
Please use this week to meet with your groups and work on your video projects!
Wednesday, October 31st: By 11:59 pm tonight: If your last name begins with T-Z: post a big question reflection in relation to the readings and film from October 8th through October 15th on our class blog.
Analyze/Respond Paper #2 assignment will be available on Blackboard by today. It is due on BB by Monday, November 12th.
Friday, November 2nd: 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 Wednesday.
- Monday, November 5th
WS: Wan-Hsiu Sunny Tsai, “Assimilating the Queers: Representations of Lesbians, Gay Men, Bisexual, and Transgender People in Mainstream Advertising” (2010)
WS: Samuel A. Chambers, “Heteronormativity and the L-Word” (2006)
WS: bell hooks “The Oppositional Gaze: Black Female Spectators” (originally pub 1992; 2003)
WS: Patricia Hill-Collins, “Booty Call: Sex, Violence, and Images of Black Masculinity” (2005)
In-class film: Dreamworlds 3 (2007)
9. Wednesday, November 7th (no class meeting)
Assignments: a) watch pornography (any kind from any source)
b) watch this taped lecture and discussion with feminist pornographer Tristan Taormino with cc (and some captioning errors) or without cc (you must log in with your pennkey to get access to the video).
WS: Drucilla Cornell, “Introduction” in Feminism and Pornography (2000)
WS: bell hooks, “Seduced by Violence No More” (1994)
WS: Rachel Kramer Bussel, “Beyond Yes or No: Consent as Sexual Process” (2008)
UNIT 3: Gendered Borders: Labor and Health
- Monday, November 12th
WS: Sheila Jeffreys, “Keeping Women Down and Out: The Strip Club Boom and the Reinforcement of Male Dominance” (2008)
Be ready to discuss hooks, Bussel, Cornell, and the Taormino lecture, as well!
Wednesday, November 14th: Unit 2 Assessment: Second Analyze/Respond Paper due on BB by 11:59 p.m.
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
WS: Ruth Cowan, “Household Technology and Household Work between 1900 and 1940” (1983)
WS: Lisa Belkin, “When Mom and Dad Share It All” (2008)
Wednesday November 21st : 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.
The schedule below is revised (as of November 20, 2012):
- Monday, November 26th
WS: Ehrenreich & English “The Sexual Politics of Sickness” (1978)
WS: Angela Davis, “Racism, Birth Control and Reproductive Rights” (1981)
WS: excerpt from Shulamith Firestone’s The Dialectic of Sex (1970)
In-Class Film: The Business of Being Born (2007)
Wednesday, November 28th: By 11:59 pm tonight: If your last name begins with N-S: post a big question reflection in relation to the readings and film from November 12th through November 26th on our class blog.
Friday, November 30th : 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 Wednesday.
- Monday, December 3rd
WS: Dean Spade, “Resisting Medicine, Re/modelling Gender” (2003)
We will revisit something you had to read for a previous class: WS: Ellen Samuels, “My Body, My Closet: Invisible Disability and the Limits of Coming-Out Discourse” (2003)
WS: Dean Spade, “About Purportedly Gendered Body Parts” (2011)
WS: Karin Martin, “William Wants a Doll. Can He Have One? Feminists, Child Care Advisors, and Gender-Neutral Child Rearing” (2005)
In class film: Diagnosing Difference (2011)
Sunday, December 9th: Complete all required blog posts and comments by 11:59 p.m. tonight!
Wednesday, December 12th: Upload to BB the Third Analyze/Respond paper by 11:59 pm tonight.
- Monday, December 17th: 6-8 pm NOTE LOCATION: Room 402, Claudia Cohen Hall
Presentations of Videos: by 5:00 p.m. upload your FINAL video project to SAS media server AND to YOUTUBE! PLEASE INVITE YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS TO ATTEND THIS VIEWING!
If you wrote a corresponding (optional) essay – please upload it to BB by 11:59pm tonight (Dec 17th).