Contraception Visuals

Today, we’re looking at two very different visual projects about birth control: “Risky Contraceptive Methods Some Women Are Forced to Use” The Guardian “Repackaging the Pill” 99% Invisible As you look through both of them, consider the following questions: The topic of both of these pieces is contraception; describe how each piece tells a completely… Read More Contraception Visuals

Fixing Toxic Masculinity

Today, we’re looking at Michael Salter’s Atlantic article, “The Problem with a Fight Against Toxic Masculinity.”  In small groups, answer the following questions:  What is your definition of ‘toxic masculinity?’ How does it compare with the definition put forth in the article? The article claims that “common masculine ideals such as social respect, physical strength,… Read More Fixing Toxic Masculinity

Female Scientists Notability and Wikipedia

Today we’re reading Katrina Krämer’s article “Female Scientists’ Pages Keep Disappearing from Wikipedia – What’s Going On?” in Chemistry World. As we read this article, consider some of the following questions:  In their policy on notability Wikipedia states that “the person who is the topic of a biographical article should be “worthy of notice” or “note”… Read More Female Scientists Notability and Wikipedia

Feminist Standpoint

Today, we’re going to read about “Feminist Standpoint Theory” in the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Read through it and answer the following questions:  What is a standpoint?  What does it mean that “Knowledge is socially situated”? Why is it important that research “begin with the lives of the marginalized”? What is essentialism? Why is this important… Read More Feminist Standpoint

Lorde’s Sexism a Disease in Blackface

Today, we are reading Audre Lorde’s essay, “Sexism: American Disease in Blackface,” from one of the most important collections of feminist essays, Sister Outsider (see Canvas for reading).   Lorde’s essay starts with a bold claim, “Black Feminism is not white feminism in blackface” (60). What is blackface? How do your understanding of blackface help you understand… Read More Lorde’s Sexism a Disease in Blackface