Monday, December 5, 2016

due date, format, and turning in your your final paper

Your final paper is due on Tuesday, 12/20 by 8pm. Email your final paper to me as a PDF attachment. !!! Important !!! please name your file "2016FA-sxg-YourLastName.FirstInitial-FinalBio" (without the " "). See Instructions for your Final Biography Term paper for more detailed instructions on the paper itself.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

ladyparts and women's bodies

A short article titled "Ladyparts: An Owner's Manual" was published in Glamour's August 10, 2015 issue. While the title may seem off-putting at first, it actually raises some interesting and important issues-- namely, the surprisingly little knowledge we actually have of women's bodies. In fact, this article follows along the same vein as the 1969 publication of Women and Their Bodies (later renamed to Our Bodies, Ourselves in 1971). The book was the result of a discussion between 12 women ranging in age from 23 - 39 and doctors about the women's experiences and personal stories. There is now a website from the organization:

In addition to these resources, there are also two books from the company that makes American Girl:
  • The Care and Keeping of You: The Body Book for Younger Girls
  • The Care and Keeping of You 2: The Body Book for Older Girls
Finally, below is an excerpt from the Netflix show Orange is the New Black (*** Warning: Graphic language).

All of this raises the question how much has changed since the 1969 publication of Our Bodies, Ourselves? What does the existence of such artifacts tell us about how we think about and talk about women's bodies?

Saturday, October 22, 2016

rape culture and more about the infamous Trump tape

As we discussed this week, one of the fallouts from the now infamous Trump tape is how much the issue of sexual assault is now being discussed opening and publicly. To that end, here are some articles related to the issue:
In addition, the image below was shared by a fellow student;

A second version of the pyramid is here; you may also read more about the pyramid below from CCASA's site (Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse):

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

formatting the header in your autobios

For the rest of the semester, please format the headers of your papers in the following way:

*** heading is single space and align right***
Your full name
due date of assignment

*** rest of paper is double-spaced, align left***

          rest of the paper goes here....Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.

Formatting your assignment in this manner helps me keep all the assignments organized.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Week 6: Sexuality and Intimate Relationships

This week's readings look at sexuality and intimate relationships. In particular, we focus on how sexuality is linked to gender and reinforces gender norms. As Anderson notes, we often think of sexuality as a personal choice and experience. The reality is that sexuality itself, much like gender, is structured by social and cultural norms. In other words, we are not born knowing what to desire or what is titillating; if we do feel desire, that feeling is likely to be non-directed. However, as we grow, we learn what is desirable and to direct desire toward a single to single sex through socialization.

Below are the assigned readings for the week:

T, 9/27
  • Andersen, Ch4: Sexuality and Intimate Relationships
R, 9/29