Category Archives: Gender Studies

To accomplish this, you will need to identify some kind of social institution yo

To accomplish this, you will need to identify some kind of social institution you are
interested in – this could include organizations or workplaces; family, friendships, or other
relationships; health and well-being; mass or social media; education; religion; or any number of other ways we organize ourselves socially. Once you have selected your institution of interest, you should identify some kind of artifact of significance to that institution – some kind of written, visual, or multi-media “text” that carries importance within the institution you have chosen. For example, you could choose a school curriculum, an anti-bullying or anti-violence policy, guidelines for sexual assault reporting or mitigation, media advertisements, song lyrics or movies, business or corporate policies on parental leave, laws on equal pay, advice or self-help books, and so on.
Paper Description:
In the essay portion of this project, you will need to present a written analysis of your
chosen institutional artifact. This analysis should include relevant background on the history and significance of the artifact, and make connections to course concepts or material we’ve discussed in the class. More specifically, a successful paper should fulfill the following objectives:
1. Introduce your institutional artifact. What “text” have you chosen to analyze? Where
does it exist, and who is it for? When was it created, and for what purposes? What makes
this artifact important to the institution it comes from?
2. Analyze, critique, and/or explain the gendered messaging of the artifact. What does
this artifact “say” about gender? How is gender presented, represented, or depicted? How
traditional are those representations, or how much do they challenge traditional
understandings of gender? How is gender “disciplined” or constrained by the artifact?
How does the artifact sanction “appropriate” or “inappropriate” gender?
3. Relate your analysis to course concepts. How did course material inform your
understanding of the artifact? What ideas, perspectives, or theories helped you “read” the
artifact for its gendered messaging? Make clear connections to specific ideas, terms,
concepts, or perspectives here – define them clearly, use appropriate references to
course readings, and explain the connections to your artifact concretely.
4. Draw implications from your analysis. What are the “take-aways” of your analysis of
this artifact? How do the insights you draw teach us something about the way gender is
constructed or mobilized? What is the significance of your analysis? In other words, what
do we do now that we know what you’ve taught us about the artifact?

Research Paper (max. 1500 words + abstract + perfect bibliography) (Mar. 30): 40

Research Paper (max. 1500 words + abstract + perfect bibliography) (Mar. 30): 40% Students’ communication theory papers/projects must be about 1500 words (6 double spaced pages, not including bibliography) and must include a separate 200 word abstract at the beginning of the CMN 402: Theorizing Communication 5 paper that describes the paper’s topic, argument, objective, and significance. Papers/projects will give voice to the student’s own, original ideas and opinions, be vigorously argued, and meticulously researched. The paper will feature unique and independent research and discussion on issues and theories that NEED NOT directly use or build on readings and content being discussed in the course (i.e. don’t just mine the syllabus for ideas). The expectation is that students will synthesize original research on an issue, theory, and topic of – essentially – their choosing. Typos, errors, poor word choice, and other sloppiness is not professional and will not be excused. Students are especially encouraged to examine issues that are relevant and fascinating to them – particularly issues and arguments that question the status quo, challenge orthodoxies, engage in contrarian perspectives. There are so many issues to be discussed these days! Everything is so crazy and controversial and the world of communication is changing more everyday! If necessary, students may incorporate one or two readings from the class into their research but they MUST VENTURE FURTHER AFIELD and move BEYOND COURSE MATERIAL by exploring and incorporating OTHER arguments and sources into their work. Creative engagement with communication theory and related issues is expected, as is error-free copy and professional presentation, etc. Research projects must also include a PERFECT bibliography using an appropriate citation style (MLA or APA) and all sources MUST be cited in-text. Ideally, cite 6 to 10 high-quality academic-ish research (i.e. peer reviewed) sources in your final paper. Papers must include page numbers, be double-spaced, and be printed using the equivalent of 12- point Times New Roman font, with margins no greater than 1 inch. Do not submit papers in duo-tangs or other binders – a single staple in the top, left corner is sufficient. Your name, student number, creative paper title, date, and word count should appear in the upper left corner of the first page

In this first Writing Assignment, you will use the exhibit Cultural Crossroads:

In this first Writing Assignment, you will use the exhibit Cultural Crossroads: Missouri in the Era of Statehood currently on display at the State Historical Society of Missouri to explore the role printmaking plays in how we learn about history. Many of the objects in the exhibit use various printmaking techniques, so you’ll want to familiarize yourself with them in the readings before looking at the exhibit. As you walk around the exhibit, consider what objects were chosen for it and what they tell us about Missouri’s history. Who is highlighted in the exhibit and how does this align with the exhibit’s goals? How are historically underrepresented groups, such as women or Missouri’s First Nations, present in the objects?
Your assignment is to write a formal paper in which you focus your thesis on printmaking and how it can teach us about the past. While gender does not need to be your main focus, make sure to discuss it at some point. Feel free to bring in your own life experiences. Did you view any objects in the exhibit that taught you something you had never considered before? Make sure to reference specific objects in the exhibit (at least four), including their title, maker (if applicable), and date.* In addition to centering your paper on the exhibit, you must bring in some of the readings from class, such as one of the essays from Paper Museums or perhaps the Sara Ahmed reading. You must include at least two different author references and discuss them in your paper (i.e., don’t just cite a comparison to a print included in one of the readings, you must engage with the article’s topic).
Your paper can argue any perspective and I encourage you to come up with your own research questions, but here are some questions for you to consider if you’re having trouble on where to start:
How do prints allow us to reconstruct Missouri’s history? Are there any objects or images that tell us certain things about the past that are radically different from today? Do they fill in any blanks that are frequently left out from history books?
What do the objects and images in the exhibit tell us about history that you cannot get from just reading a book? Why is it important to see these objects?
How is printing used to perpetuate certain ideas? What role does printing play in furthering an agenda (political or otherwise)?
What is the significance of copying and the print as a reproductive artform in this? How does a print with a unique aspect to it (such as hand coloring) factor into this?
How is identity a factor in any of the objects? Consider gender, race, economic status, nationality, etc.

The following elements are important in a short academic paper: A title page In

The following elements are important in a short academic paper:
A title page
Introduction including an Objective and Thesis
At least three body paragraphs
Write a three page essay (double-spaced 12 font) on the differences between sex and gender. How does society construct gender categories from birth? Be critical in your response.
Provide a bibliography page. Show you can reference material using APA format. Check the Library website on citing sources.

Analyze an Artefact:you may select a film, an art piece, a music video, an episo

Analyze an Artefact:you may select a film, an art piece, a music video, an episode in a TV show (live action or animated), or a podcast episode that can be easily accessed online and write a paper where you will explore in greater detail the modes that:
For creative pieces, such as a film, poem, visual art, creative non-fiction, etc., identify:
1.Key themes
2.The socio-historical, political, and/or cultural context
3.How gender, race, sexuality, class, and other categories are represented (e.g., what is being critiqued? Is the representation celebratory? Is one category foregrounded over another? Are they treated as divisible, rather than overlapping? Do they challenge or reinforce common stereotypes?)
4.How this creative piece connects to the (other) readings assigned for that section or other sections.
5.And pose one question that thinks across the materials in that section.
Section I Introduction to Gender, Race, & Sexuality
December 27: First Discussion Post Due by 11:59pm
The Combahee River Collective, “A Black Feminist Statement”
Jesse Schotter, “‘Howl’s Moving Castle’ Is the Perfect Read If You’re Struggling Under Pandemic Housework” Electric Lit
Film (Optional): Howl’s Moving Castle(Available on Amazon Prime Video and HBO Max)
Section II Situating Intersectionality
December 30: Second Discussion Post Due by 11:59pm
Passion, “Colour Me Black” Intersect Antigua (Listen to Passion reading it here)
Jamaica Kincaid, “Girl” At the Bottom of the River
Tressie McMillan Cottom “Dying to Be Competent” Thick and Other Essays (Content Warning: This is an emotionally intense read)
Zenzele Isoke, “Race and Racialization” The Oxford Handbook of Feminist Theory
Kimberlé Crenshaw, “Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex: A Black Feminist Critique of Antidiscrimination Doctrine, Feminist Theory and Antiracist Politics”
YouTube: Audre Lorde, “A Littany for Survival”
Section III Anti-Colonial Geographies
January 3: Third Discussion Post Due by 11:59pm
Chandra Mohanty, “Under Western Eyes: Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourses” in Feminism Without Borders: Decolonizing Theory, Practicing Solidarity
Jacqui Alexander, “Not Just Any Body Can Be a Citizen: The Politics of Law, Sexuality and Postcoloniality in Trinidad and Tobago and the Bahamas”
Gloria Wekker, “Mati-ism and Black Lesbianim: Two Idealtypical Expressions of Female Homosexuality in Black Communities of the Diaspora”
Music Video: Princess Anita, “Tek Sunita (Nadia’s Reply)”
Section IV Querying & Queering the Field
January 6: Fourth Discussion Post Due by 11:59pm
January 7: Annotated Anti-Bibliography Due by 11:59pm
Adrienne Rich, “Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence”
Judith Butler, “Performative Acts and Gender Constitution: An Essay in Phenomenology and Feminist Theory”
Gabrielle Bellot, “The Beauty and Terror of Passing as a Woman” Vice
Akilah, “Un/furled” Intersect Antigua
Ethan Knowles, “Passing Through”Intersect Antigua
TV Series (Optional): “Pose” Episode 1 (Available on Netflix)
Section V Imagining Freedom Otherwise
January 10, Fifth & Final Discussion Post Due by 11:59pm
UPDATE : adrienne maree brown, “Introduction,” “Section One: Who Taught You to Feel Good,” “Love as Political Resistance” Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good (These are short and very accessible reads)
Ro(u)ted by Our Stories Collective, “Stories the Mangroves Hold: Reflections on Indo-Caribbean feminist Community Archiving”
Sherine Powerful et al., “Thriving Despite, Worlds-Shifting through Corona” Intersect Antigua
Music Video: Janelle Monae, “Make Me Feel”

Address issues of class, race, gender, and age, among other things. How has your

Address issues of class, race, gender, and age, among other things. How has your gender (woman) and ideas about gender influenced who you are and how you think about yourself? How does race (white) affect you and position you in this world? For example, how has your class (middle class) background influenced your identity? “When, where, and under what conditions?” as Adrienne Rich asks. In many ways, Rich’s essay offers you a model to follow and draw upon as you construct your own statement.
Do not overthink this.
Do give your essay a clear, logical organization.
Do be as specific as possible. This is a (relatively) short paper. You cannot give your entire biography.
Do remember, this is your first paper. It is not going to be perfect. That is why we are here.
DO NOT Disregard the assignment requirements, use sweeping universalisms (ex. “Like all women, I) or bring in scathing indictments.

Hi! This paper would require first an overall explanation of the movie Inside Ou

This paper would require first an overall explanation of the movie Inside Out. Then you would need to discuss how gender I portrayed with the emotion characters… address the fact that anger and fear are depicted as men. You would also talk about the difference between Riley’ emotions and her parents–Riley’s mother’s emotions are all female and is led by sadness, her dad’s emotions are all male and led by anger. If you have any other ideas about the role gender plays in this film you can add to it.
Thank you!

After reading Undoing Gender as well as Transformations Ch. 2 , please respond t

After reading Undoing Gender as well as Transformations Ch. 2 , please respond to one of the following questions by creating a new thread. Indicate to which question you are replying by including the question number and/or some words to indicate the question you chose in your subject line. (For example, you can change the subject line to read “#1 Learning Gender.”) Use information from the readings to support your post. Remember to come back and post a response to one of your classmates’ replies (your post will only show up for me to grade once you responded to another classmate). You must reply to at least one other class mate each time there is a discussion board post.
1. What are Foucault’s politics of truth? Give one example that we see in our society.
2. Provide examples of each of the ways in which gender inequality is justified? (There are four ways).
3. What is a double bind and how do they affect women?

Short essay: Answer 3 of the 4 essay questions. Essays should be approximately 1

Short essay: Answer 3 of the 4 essay questions. Essays should be approximately 1/2-3/4 page each (double-spaced). Answering the question fully is more important than the length of the essay. Long essay: You will answer 2 of the 3 essay questions. Essays should be 1 page to 1.5 pages (double-spaced). Answering the question fully is more important than the length of the essay. ive posted all five questions. and I will also post some articles