For this paper you will write a formal academic essay in which you select a primary source as a starting point (intellectual context) and respond to that source with an argument of your own. You will establish your own project, carve out your own niche, and approach the discussion from any angle that interests you most. To do so, carry out small, focused research task to find information that helps clarify, illustrate, extend, complicate, or qualify your primary text/topic (the primary text will in some way establish a starting point for your topic). The goal is to synthesize what your sources say so you understand the topic better: you must identify connections among your sources and blend them into a coherent whole that articulates ideas of your own, as opposed to simply reporting what other authors have said. In the process, you will contribute to the larger conversation, put in your oar, and take your own stand on the topic.
2.5-6 Pages, not including the works cited page.
3.At least one article from those assigned in class.
4.At least three sources are required, though more will help you to develop your conversation.
Evaluation Criteria: Successful papers will
Here is a list of gender topics for this assignment. You can choose from this list or find another topic in the class readings that is not listed here. Regardless, your topic must come from the assigned readings. One useful way to come up with a thesis is to ask yourself an opinionated critical question about one of these topics. Your answer to this question will then be your thesis. For example, a question could be “Who makes better homemakers, men or women?” The answer could be “Men make better homemakers than women because they are strong enough to carry multiple items at once, they are handy around the house, and they are effective disciplinarians.” (Do not use this thesis as your own, and this thesis represents a 5 paragraph essay, an essay that is too simple for this level class.).
Gender as a social construction
Changing one’s gender
Gender versus sex
Children’s understanding of gender
Adults’ understanding of gender
Body postures, speech patterns, and gestures
How to be a “real man” (the Guy Code)
Males’ and boys’ influences (father, older siblings, coaches…)
Consequences of a male acting feminine
Insults used to put down a feminine male
Necessity to prove heterosexuality
The Boy Code (learning the Guy Code at an early age)
Necessity of males to avoid showing emotion (stoicism)
Violence as only acceptable form of emotional expression
Consequences of males suppressing emotions
Sexism in rap music
African American pain/need for dominance over women
Changing gender norms and behaviors
Women as alphas
Gender roles and sexuality
Body image and Advertising
Violence in Advertising
Advertising and Dehumanization
Advertising and sexual aggression
Sex and Advertising
Objectification of male or female body
Male physical violence against women
Emotional violence against men
Rhetorical violence/aggression in language regarding gender roles
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