Assignments (601)

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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.          Monday, September 9th

Introduction to the course

2.          Monday, September 16th

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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)

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)

3.          Monday, September 23rd

**First Report Due by beginning of class**

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)

4.          Monday, September 30th

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

John Colapinto, As Nature Made Him, entire book, including the epilogue, afterword, and the P.S. section

by **latest** Monday September 30th at 11:59pm two Unit 1 blog posts are due!

UNIT 2: Representing Gendered Bodies & Sexual Desire

5.          Monday, October 7th

Introduction to Unit 2

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)

6.          Monday, October 14th

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)

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

7.          Monday, October 21st

**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)

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

In-class film: Dreamworlds 3 (2007)

8.          Monday, October 28th

WS: Alison Bechdel, “Dykes to Watch Out For”

Bechdel, Fun Home (whole book)


Oct 31st and Nov 1st **Attend either a panel or Keynote for the Queer Method Conference**


9.          Monday, November 4th

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

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)

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

by **latest** Monday November 4th at 11:59pm two Unit 2 blog posts are due!

UNIT 3: Gendered Borders: Labor and Health

10.        Monday, November 11th

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)

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

11.        Monday, November 18th

**Third Report Due by beginning of class**

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

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

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)

12.        Monday, November 25th

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

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

WS: NY Times article on Swedish parental leave policy:

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

13.        Monday, December 2nd

**Fourth Report Due by beginning of class**

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

WS: Karin Martin, “William Wants a Doll. Can He Have One? Feminists, Child Care Advisors, and Gender-Neutral Child Rearing” (2005)

WS: Dean Spade, “About Purportedly Gendered Body Parts” (2011)

In class film: Diagnosing Gender (2011)

by **latest** Monday December 2nd at 11:59pm two Unit 3 blog posts are due!

14.        Monday December 9th

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


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