Assignments (001)

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**The following dates are the dates on which the assignment is due/must be completed.**

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UNIT 1: (De)constructing Sex and Gender

1.          Thursday, August 29th

Introduction to the course

2.          Tuesday, September 2nd

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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 ( (2009) Storm (  (2011)

Sasha  (2012)

3.          Thursday, September 5th

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)

4.          Tuesday, September 10th

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)

5.          Thursday, September 12th

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)

6.          Tuesday, September 17th

**First Report Due by beginning of class**

John Colapinto, As Nature Made Him, Part I

7.          Thursday, September 19th

**Analyze/Respond paper 1 due by beginning of class NO REFLECTION THIS WEEK**

John Colapinto, As Nature Made Him, Parts II, III, epilogue, afterword, and P.S. section

by **latest** Thursday September 19th at 11:59pm two Unit 1 blog posts are due!


UNIT 2: Representing Gendered Bodies & Sexual Desire

8.          Tuesday, September 24th

Introduction to Unit 2

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)

9.          Thursday, September 26th

WS: Sharlene Nagy Hesse-Biber, “Selling the Body Beautiful: Food Dieting, and Recovery” (2007)

WS: Susan Bordo, “Reading the Slender Body” (1993)

10.        Tuesday, October 1st

WS: Marilyn Wann, “Fat Studies: An Invitation to Revolution” (2009)

WS: Wan-Hsiu Sunny Tsai, “Assimilating the Queers: Representations of Lesbians, Gay Men, Bisexual, and Transgender People in Mainstream Advertising” (2010)

11.        Thursday, October 3rd NO CLASS!

12.        Tuesday, October 8h

**Second Report Due by beginning of class**

WS: Samuel A. Chambers, “Heteronormativity and the L-Word” (2006)

WS: bell hooks “The Oppositional Gaze: Black Female Spectators” (originally pub 1992; 2003)

13.        Thursday, October 10th Fall Break

14.        Tuesday, October 15th

WS: Patricia Hill-Collins, “Booty Call:  Sex, Violence, and Images of Black Masculinity” (2005)

In-class film: Dreamworlds 3 (2007)

15.        Thursday, October 17th

WS: Drucilla Cornell, “Introduction” in Feminism and Pornography (2000)

In-class film: TBA but will feature sexually explicit material

16.        Tuesday, October 22nd

WS: bell hooks, “Seduced by Violence No More” (1994)

WS: Rachel Kramer Bussel, “Beyond Yes or No: Consent as Sexual Process” (2008)

17.        Thursday, October 24th

Alison Bechdel, “Dykes to Watch Out For”

Alison Bechdel, Fun Home, part I

18.        Tuesday, October 29th

Alison Bechdel, Fun Home, part II

19.        Thursday, October 31st

**Analyze/Respond Paper 2 due by beginning class NO WEEKLY REFLECTION THIS WEEK**

(NO CLASS, BUT….Queer Method Conference: Attend Panel and / or Keynote)

by **latest** Thursday October 31st at 11:59pm two Unit 2 blog posts are due!


UNIT 3: Gendered Borders: Labor and Health

20.        Tuesday, November 5th

**Third Report Due by beginning of class**

Introduction to Unit 3: Gendered Labor and Gendered Health

In-Class film: “Live Nude Girls Unite!” (2000)

21.        Thursday November 7th

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)

22.        Tuesday, November 12th

WS: Ruth Cowan, “Household Technology and Household Work between 1900 and 1940” (1983)

WS: Lisa Belkin, “When Mom and Dad Share It All” (2008)

23.        Thursday, November 14th

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)

24.        Tuesday November 19th

In-Class Film: The Business of Being Born (2007)

WS: excerpt from Shulamith Firestone’s The Dialectic of Sex (1970)

25.        Thursday November 21st

WS: Angela Davis, “Racism, Birth Control and Reproductive Rights” (1981)

WS: NY Times article on Swedish parental leave policy:

26.        Tuesday, November 26th

In class film: Diagnosing Gender (2011)

WS: Dean Spade, “Resisting Medicine, Re/modelling Gender” (2003)

27.        Tuesday, December 3rd

**Fourth Report Due by beginning of class**

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)

by **latest** Tuesday December 3rd at 11:59pm two Unit 3 blog posts are due!

28.        Thursday, December 5th

**Final Paper Due by beginning of class NO WEEKLY REFLECTION THIS WEEK**


29.        Tuesday, December 10th


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