SJW Course: Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies

SJW Course: Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies

[FF] = Taylor, Verta, Nancy Whittier, and Leila J. Rupp, eds. Feminist Frontiers. 9th ed. McGraw Hill Humanities, 2011. ISBN: 9780078026621.

[FIOT] = Schneir, Miriam, ed. Feminism in Our Time: The Essential Writings, World War II to the Present. Vintage Books, 1994. ISBN: 9780679745082.

SES # TOPICS READINGS
1 Introduction to Course and Field of Women’s and Gender Studies No readings assigned
2 The Roots of Contemporary Gender Debates: The 19th Century American Women’s Rights Movement Boydston, Jeanne. “The Cult of True Womanhood.” (MY NOTES)


Grimke, Angelina. “Human Rights Not Founded on Sex.” In Letters to Catherine Beecher. Isaac Knapp, 1838. (MY NOTES)

Davis, Angela. “The Anti-Slavery Movement and the Birth of Women’s Rights.” Chapter 2 in Women, Race and Class. New York, NY: Vintage Books, 1983, pp. 30-45. ISBN: 9780394713519. (MY NOTES)

3 and 4 Interpreting Classic American Women’s Rights Documents: Seneca Falls Convention and “The Declaration of Sentiments” (1848) Jefferson, Thomas. “The Declaration of Independence.” July 4, 1776. (MY NOTES)

Stanton, Elizabeth Cady. “Declaration of Sentiments.” Women’s Rights Convention, Seneca Falls, New York, 1848. (MY NOTES)

Stone, Lucy, and Henry Blackwell. “Marriage Agreement.” 1855. (MY NOTES)

Stanton, Elizabeth Cady. Our Costume.” (PDF). The Lily 4 (1851): 31. (MY NOTES)

———. “The Solitude of Self.” Woman’s Journal, January 23, 1892. (MY NOTES)

Douglass, Frederick. “Why I Became a ‘Woman’s Rights Man’.” In Life and Times of Frederick Douglass, Written by Himself. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2012 (reprinted from the revised edition of 1892). ISBN: 9781479385393. (The e-text of the Life and Times of Frederick Douglass is also available from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.) (MY NOTES)

5 Strategies for Gender Change: “Direct Action Voting” / Civil Disobedience

Gender, Race and Suffrage

Anthony, Susan B. “Constitutional Argument: Speech After Being Convicted for Voting in the 1872 Presidential Election.” 1872. (MY NOTES)

Douglass, Frederick. “Appeal to Congress for Impartial Suffrage.” The Atlantic, January 1867. (MY NOTES)

Truth, Sojourner. “Ain’t I a Woman?” December 1851. (MY NOTES)

Plowshares Media. “Sojourner Truth – Ain’t I a Woman.” Performed by Kerry Washington. Vimeo. Accessed March 6, 2015. https://vimeo.com/15268513 (MY NOTES)

“Voices of a People’s History: Alfre Woodard Reads Sojourner Truth.” Accessed March 6, 2015. http://www.americanswhotellthetruth.org/resources/voices-of-a-peoples-history-alfre-woodard-reads-sojourner-truth-aint-i-a-woman (MY NOTES)

Cooper, Anna Julia. “Woman’s Cause is One and Universal.” 1893. (MY NOTES)

6 Gender, Race and Suffrage (cont.)

Screening: Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice

No readings assigned (MY NOTES)
7 Gender, Race and Suffrage (cont.) Smith-Rosenberg, Carroll. “The Hysterical Woman: Sex Roles and Role Conflict in Nineteenth-Century America.” In The Yellow Wallpaper: Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Edited and with an introduction by Thomas L. Erskine and Connie L. Richards. Rutgers University Press, 1993. ISBN: 9780813519944. (UNABLE TO FIND ON INTERNET OR LIBRARY)
8 Resistance or Illness?: Discourses of Women, Medicine and Madness in 19th Century America and Beyond Gilman, Charlotte Perkins. The Yellow Wallpaper. 1892.

Recommended

Gilman, Charlotte Perkins. “The ‘Nervous Breakdown’ of Women.” In The Yellow Wallpaper: Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Edited and with an introduction by Thomas L. Erskine and Connie L. Richards. Rutgers University Press, 1993. ISBN: 9780813519944. (UNABLE TO FIND ON INTERNET OR LIBRARY)

Mitchell, S. Weir. Selections from Fat and Blood, Wear and Tear, and Doctor and Patient. In The Yellow Wallpaper: Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Edited and with an introduction by Thomas L. Erskine and Connie L. Richards. Rutgers University Press, 1993. ISBN: 9780813519944.

Gilbert, Sandra, and Gubar, Susan. Excerpt from The Madwoman in the Attic. In The Yellow Wallpaper: Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Edited and with an introduction by Thomas L. Erskine and Connie L. Richards. Rutgers University Press, 1993. ISBN: 9780813519944.

Hedges, Elaine R. “‘Out at Last’? ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’ After Two Decades of Feminist Criticism.” In Critical Essays on Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Edited by Joanne B. Karpinski. MacMillan Publishing Company, 1992. ISBN: 9780816173150.

9 Screening: The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter No readings assigned
10 Beyond Suffrage: The Roots of the Second Wave of the American Women’s Rights Movement: World War II and Postwar Era Friedan, Betty. “The Problem That Has No Name.” In The Feminine Mystique. W. W. Norton & Company, 2013 (reprinted from the 1963 edition). ISBN: 9780393346787.
11 Beyond Suffrage: The Roots of the Second Wave of the American Women’s Rights Movement: World War II and Postwar Era (cont.) National Organization for Women (N.O.W.) Statement of Purpose, 1966.
12 and 13 The Second Wave of Women’s Rights Activism (1963-present)

Screening: Sisters of ’77

[FIOT] “Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title VII.”

[FIOT] Murray, Pauli, and Mary O. Eastwood. “Jane Crow and the Law: Sex Discrimination and Title VII.”

[FIOT] “Redstockings Manifesto.”

[FIOT] “National Black Feminist Organization Statement of Purpose.”

[FIOT] “The Combahee River Collective Statement.”

[FF] McIntosh, Peggy. “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack.”

[FF] Lorde, Audre. “The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House.”

14 Socialization and Gender Roles; Conceptualizing the Meaning of Biological Differences [FF] Fausto-Sterling, Anne. “The Bare Bones of Sex: Part I – Sex and Gender.”

[FF] Lorber, Judith. “‘Night to His Day’: The Social Construction of Gender.”

[FIOT] Weisstein, Naomi. “Kinder, Küche, Kirche as Scientific Law: Psychology Constructs the Female.”

[FIOT] Gilligan, Carol. “In A Different Voice.”

[FF] Richardson, Laurel. “Gender Stereotyping in the English Language.”

[FF] Kimmel, Michael. “What Are Little Boys Made Of?”

15 Socialization: Race, Ethnicity, Nationality and Gender Roles; Gender and Education

 

[FF] Gunn Allen, Paula. “Where I Come From Is Like This.”

[FF] Zinn, Maxine Baca, and Bonnie Thornton Dill. “Theorizing Difference from Multiracial Feminism.”

[FF] Walker, Alice. “Womanist.”

[FF] Thorne, Barrie. “Girls and Boys Together…but Mostly Apart: Gender Arrangements in Elementary Schools.”

Weil, Elizabeth. “Teaching Boys and Girls Separately,” New York Times, March 2, 2008.

Feinberg, Leslie. “Allow Me To Introduce Myself.” In Trans Liberation: Beyond Pink or Blue. Beacon Press, 1999. ISBN: 9780807079515.

16 and 17 Representation of Gender in Advertising and Popular Visual Media

Screening: Killing Us Softly 4: Advertising’s Image of Women

 

[FF] Gimlin, Debra L. “Cosmetic Surgery: Paying for Your Beauty.”

[FF] Johnston, Josée, and Judy Taylor. “Feminist Consumerism and Fat Activists: Grassroots Activism and the Dove Real Beauty Campaign.”

[FF] Banks, Ingrid. “Hair Still Matters.”

Gender and Television,” Museum of Broadcast Communications.

Onishi, Norimitsu. “Lagos Journal; Globalization of Beauty Makes Slimness Trendy,” New York Times, October 3, 2002.

18 Sexualities and Gender; The Right to Marriage [FIOT] Rich, Adrienne. “Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence.”

Naples, Nancy A. “Queer Parenting in the New Millennium.” Gender & Society 18, no. 6 (2004): 679–84.

Hillary Goodridge & others vs. Department of Public Health & another, Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, November 18, 2003.

19 Crossing Gender Boundaries

Screening: Ma Vie en Rose

[FF] Kessler, Suzanne. “The Medical Construction of Gender.”

Fausto-Sterling, Anne. “The Five Sexes: Why Male and Female Are Not Enough.” The Sciences 33, no. 2 (1993): 20–5.

———. “The Five Sexes, Revisited.” The Sciences 40, no. 4 (2000): 18–23.

20 Perspectives on Transgender

 

[FF] Stryker, Susan. “Transgender Feminism: Queering the Woman Question.”

[FF] Schilt, Kristen, and Laurel Westbrook. “Doing Gender, Doing Heteronormativity: ‘Gender Normals,’ Transgender People, and the Social Maintenance of Heterosexuality.”

Wilchins, Riki. “17 Things You DON’T Say to a Transsexual.” In Read My Lips: Sexual Subversion and the End of Gender. Riverdale Avenue Books, 2013. ISBN: 9781936833641.

———. “What Does it Cost to Tell the Truth?” In Read My Lips: Sexual Subversion and the End of Gender. Riverdale Avenue Books, 2013. ISBN: 9781936833641.

Franke, Katherine. “Legal Aspects of Sex Reassignment Surgery,” (PDF) Columbia University School of Law.

21 Sexuality, Contraception and Reproductive Choice

 

[FF] Tolman, Deborah L. “Doing Desire: Adolescent Girls’ Struggles for / with Sexuality.”

[FF] Smith, Andrea. “Beyond Pro-Choice Versus Pro-Life: Women of Color and Reproductive Justice.”

People & Events: Katherine Dexter McCormick (1875–1967), “The Pill,” American Experience, PBS.

Roots of the Pill: First-Wave Feminism, “The Pill,” American Experience, PBS.

22 and 23 Gender and Work

 

[FF] Bose, Christine E., and Rachel Bridges Whaley. “Sex Segregation in the U.S. Work Force.”

Reskin, Barbara F. The Realities of Affirmative Action in Employment. American Sociological Association, 1998. ISBN: 9780912764368.

[FF] Gerson, Kathleen. “Moral Dilemmas, Moral Strategies, and the Transformation of Gender: Lessons from Two Generations of Work and Family Change.”

Hegewisch, Ariane, Claudia Williams, et al. “The Gender Wage Gap: 2013; Differences by Race and Ethnicity, No Growth in Real Wages for Women,” March 2014, Institute for Women’s Policy Research.

Kessler-Harris, Alice. “The Wage Conceived: Value and Need as Measures of a Woman’s Worth.” In Feminist Frontiers. 6th ed. Edited by Laurel Richardson, Verta Taylor, and Nancy Whittier. McGraw Hill, 2003.

Padavic, Irene, and Barbara Reskin. “Moving Up and Taking Charge.” In Feminist Frontiers. 6th ed. Edited by Laurel Richardson, Verta Taylor, and Nancy Whittier. McGraw Hill, 2003.

Slaughter, Anne-Marie. “Why Women Can’t Still Have It All.” The Atlantic, July / August 2012.

Kantor, Jodi. “Harvard Business School Case Study: Gender Equity,” New York Times, September 7, 2013.

24 and 25 Gender and Work: Global Dimensions

 

Enloe, Cynthia. “The Globetrotting Sneaker.” In The Curious Feminist: Searching for Women in a New Age of Empire. University of California Press, 2004. ISBN: 9780520243811. [Preview with Google Books]

[FF] Hondagneu-Sotelo, Pierrette. “Maid in L. A.”

Pinsky, Robert. “Shirt,” Internet Poetry Archive.

Reagon, Bernice Johnson. “Are My Hands Clean?,” (PDF) College of San Mateo.

To Listen to the Bernice Johnson Reagon Composition

#SweetHoneyInTheRock. “Are My Hands Clean?” June 7, 2015. YouTube.

Kristof, Nicholas. “Where Sweatshops Are a Dream,” New York Times, January 14, 2009.

Yesilevsky, Anna. “The Case Against Sweatshops.” The Humanist 64, no. 3 (2004): 20–46.

Okin, Susan Moller. “Is Multiculturalism Bad for Women?,” Boston Review.

Hochschild, Arlie Russell. “Love and Gold.” In Global Woman: Nannies, Maids, and Sex Workers in the New Economy. Edited by Barbara Ehrenreich and Arlie Hochschild. Holt Paperbacks, 2004. ISBN: 9780805075090.

26 Global Issues: Contemporary Gender Equality Issues and Movements; Course Wrap-Up Sen, Amartya. “More than 100 Million Women Are Missing.” New York Review of Books, December 20, 1990.

[FF] Abu-Lughod, Lila. “Do Muslim Women Really Need Saving? Anthropological Reflections on Cultural Relativism and Its Others.”

[FF] Aronson, Pamela. “Feminists or ‘Postfeminists?’ Young Women’s Attitudes Toward Feminism and Gender Relations.”

[FF] Crossley, Allison Dahl, Verta Taylor, et al. “Forever Feminism: The Persistence of the U.S. Women’s Movement, 1960–2011.”