In preparation for this section, please read Section 5, Readings 63-67, 69, 71, 79-85, 88, 89, 94 & 95 in Readings for Diversity and Social Justice.
1. What do structural examples of sexism offered in this Section (e.g. body image, wage gap, and eating disorders) have in common with each other? How does this help you understand and indentify institutional points of entry for challenging sexism in this society?
2. Explain why gender and biological sex are not the same thing.
3. In what ways does the male gaze of patriarchy control men? How does it reward them for following gender rules and punish them for transgressing prescribed male norms? In what ways are violence (against men, women and trans folk) and homophobia an essential part of maintaining patriarchy?
4. What do structural examples of sexism offered in this Section (e.g. body image, wage gap, and eating disorders) have in common with each other? How does this help you understand and indentify institutional points of entry for challenging sexism in this society?
ESSAY QUESTION 700 WORDS:
Please make sure to read the assigned readings for this week in Section 5. After you have gone through the material, please answer the following questions in a well-structured and comprehensive answer.
Your answers should be at least 700 words (total for all parts of the question).
I would suggest writing your answers in Word first and then pasting them into the discussion. This way, you will avoid unnecessary stress and worry in case of technical difficulties.
Remember: any information and ideas that do not come directly from your head MUST BE CITED in text and the full citations must be provided at the end of your answer. You need to cite the text book and at least two additional sources.
A Day in My Life
Choose a gender identity (male or female, doesn’t have to be what you are), and write “a day in the life” for “you” regarding the gender of your choice. The setting can be at work, at home, or in the community. Start from the beginning of the day and, in as much detail as possible, outline all of the gendered aspects of “your” day, paying careful attention to the many gendered markers that are identified in the Lorber, hooks, Johnson, and Carbado readings. When finished, discuss the many ways that gender roles were either contributing to the oppression or liberation of “you.”