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Critical reflection papers:
– pick one article from last week or this week
– a snap shot of the article and its contents, as well as your opinion/interpretation of the article
– highlight the key arguments
– what are the key points?
– What are the intentions
– are there some particular quotes that you keep returning to?
– Formulate your response in some way
– what points do you agree/disagree with
– keep in mind the date the article was written
– is there anything missing? Does it feel incomplete?
– Anything flawed or confusing?
– Anything lacking? Should something be developed more?
– Intro paragraph
– conclusion paragraph
– can refer to other sources – make sure they are cited in bibliography
– do not just respond
We are in transition
– things are not fixed
– there is flexibility around the terms sex and gender
– now matter how emancipated we might be we frequently bump into situations that are willing to
pin us down again and want to fix us
– express themselves in the world and control their own bodies
– the prevalent concepts about how males and females should look act ...
– looks as treatment of individuals as an expression on their experience of gender
– “natural” and “normal” being attached to what women can do in the world (sometimes
based on how they dress or look, or in political context how they get to act/what they get to
– ex: Hilary Clinton and how she had to change her appearance in order to be within
– the way in which this article is written is about changing gender dynamics and opening up ideas
for women and men and children
– it is not only trans people who need the work done, the way they are going about it offers
instruction and incentive for us to do something
– regardless of what we want to do we can get boxed back in
– charicatures of notions of “real men” or “real women”
– comedic quality
– defining codes for men and women WGST 311 th
• emotionless • passive
• providers • maternal
• sexual appetite • illogical
• active • petite
• muscular •
– Behind all of thi