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Jan. 2nd, 2007 | 07:02 pm

1. What is “feminine” to you?

2. What is “masculine” to you?

3. Do you consider yourself “masculine,” “feminine,” “androgynous,” or some combination/none of the above? In what ways do you manifest this?

4. How do you think other people perceive you in relation to masculinity and/or femininity?

5. How would your life have been different if you had been born a different sex? How would people have treated you differently? What would have remained unchanged? What opportunities would you have had, or not had?

6. Has there been a time when you tried on a different identity – what was that like?

7. What would you do if you woke up tomorrow and you were a different sex?

8. Do you think that men and women are fundamentally different, or essentially the same? Are differences between the sexes innate (“nature”) or learned (“nurture”)?

9. Imagine a world in which women live in a society with only women and men live in a society with only men. (Imagine there are no in-betweens, boths, neithers, etc.) Women do not even know that men exist, nor do men know that women exist. People procreate via test tube babies. What do you think this world would be like? What would be the effect of one not having any concept of the other and vice versa? Would women have any concept of themselves as women, or men as men, with nothing to contrast it to? Would people separate themselves into groups/categories according to something else? How would women interact with only women and men with only men?

10. What are some stereotypes about men? How are they formed? Who comes up with them? How are they perpetuated? Is there any truth to them?
o About women?
o How do these stereotypes change when you throw sexual orientation into the picture?
o About transgender people?

11. Do you think there is any truth to the stereotype that women are more in touch with their emotions? If so, why do you think this is? How do you think this stereotype came about?

12. What are some societal “taboos” for men and women? Things men “can’t” do because they’re men or women “can’t” do because they’re women?

13. Where does sexism come from? Why does it continue to exist? In what forms is it manifested?

14. What prevents people of different genders from relating to each other?

15. How does the desire for, or possibility of, sex and romance change interactions between men and women?

16. In a perfect world, how would men, women, and everything in between interact with each other?


o Men and women are fundamentally the same and should be treated exactly the same.
o It is possible to meet people and not notice and/or ascribe a gender to them.
o Boys are naturally more aggressive than girls.
o Gender difference is an outcome of gender inequality.
o Sexual orientation is genetically determined at or before birth.
o Gender is “fake” – it is a context and time dependent performance.
o Gender is largely determined by a person’s physical anatomy and hormones.
o Gender is fluid and malleable.
o Gender is a combination of nature and nurture.
o Sex and gender are inseparable concepts.
o Gender is socially determined and cannot exist outside of social interaction
o Gender is rooted in our psyche.
o Children are born gender neutral and learn sex roles early in life.

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Turtle Wexler

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from: gysel
date: Jan. 3rd, 2007 07:52 am (UTC)

Just FYI, I have the following books from my 'How Do Women Look' course, and if you think any of them would be useful to you I can bring them back to Skidmore with me:

Where the Girls Are: Growing Up Female with the Mass Media
by Susan J. Douglas
This deals with music, movies, and television that would be familiar primarily to the baby boom generation

Divided Lives: American Women in the Twentieth Century
by Rosalind Rosenberg
History of women and feminismn throughout the 20th C.

The Feminist and Visual Culture Reader
Ed. Amelia Jones
Various essays and excerpts on many topics. This seems like it might have the most relevant material for you, and it would be easier to use since it's a collection of essays rather than a full length book.

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from: genderf_ck
date: Jan. 3rd, 2007 11:45 pm (UTC)

any and all of those sound perfect. I'd LOVE it if you brought them up. thanks darling.

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