Assignments

Assignment #4

Research topics (you may choose one of the following if you do not want to design your own topic)

1. Using outside sources, create an argument about how Morris’s notion of gender performativity is represented in a literary work of your choosing.

2. Create an argument that illustrates the extent to which transgender rights have evolved or have been satisfied. If they have not been satisfied, what work in the area of equal rights for people who identify as transgender remains?

3. Through analysis of the readings about evolution and in connection to your research, answer the following: Is there a gap between the popular understanding of evolution (as represented in pop culture) and the scientific understanding of evolution?

Assignment 3

ASSIGNMENT #2: Develop an argument to analyze tension between two sources (3-4 pages, ~1,000 words).

ROUGH DRAFT DUE 10/26, 6 PM, by email.

Using one additional source, critique Dawkins’s assertion that the gene is “selfish.”

 

ROUGH DRAFT DUE 9/21, 6 PM, by email. ASSIGNMENT #1:  Create and argue a thesis  (3-4 pages, ~1,000 words).

ROUGH DRAFT DUE 9/21, 6 PM, by email.

Choose one gender reading from our syllabus and argue how the writer would respond to or interpret the statement: “Gender is biology”  OR “Anatomy is destiny.”

 

DUE 9/11: Pre-draft assignment #1, Compare & Contrast (500-700 words)

Compare and contrast “Why I Must Come Out” and “Is Anatomy Destiny?” 

As I said in class, this is a very broad task–the onus will be on you to figure out how you want to focus your essay. Please, even though it will be challenging in this limited space, include and arguable thesis.

Here are some suggestions for “focusing” your assignment:

  • Choose a key term and interpret each person’s stance on/interpretation of the key term.
  • Identify a common theme and compare/contrast each person’s presentation of that theme.
  • Formulate a question (i.e. Is anatomy destiny?) and discuss how each author would respond.
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2 Responses to Assignments

  1. Gurjot Singh says:

    A person’s sex should not be determined by their anatomy, but by their attitude and preferences. Many people in this world have characteristics, physical and mental, of both males and females. “Is Anatomy Destiny” by Alice Dreger, and “Why I Must Come Out” by Geene Grocero, are two pieces that talk about people with such characteristics, and tell us how they are not different or inferior to “normal” people in any way.
    Both speakers talk about how transgender people go through surgery to become their desired sex. In “Is Anatomy Destiny” Alice Dreger says “So sex can come in lots of different varieties…it startles us in terms of those categorizations.” She mentions that people just want to be seen as “normal” in the eyes of society, therefore they go through surgery to change who they are, and are forced to pick one gender. In “Why I Must Come Out” Geena Grocero says “In 2001, my mom, who had moved to San Francisco…I felt that I could conquer my dream and move to New York and be a model.” In Geena’s case, surgery was a blessing. She became a much more confident person. She would now be seen as “equal” in society.
    Both talks talk about the difficulties in society of being a transgender person. In “Why I Must Come Out” it is a first person view/experience of the matter. Geena Grocero mentions “Many are not so fortunate… so that one day there will never be a need for a November 20 vigil.” Even though Geena came out and became famous, she is a rarity. There are many others in the same situation in which she once was, that did not get so lucky. In many cases it cost them their lives. Alice Dreger has more of a second hand view of the situation. She mentions “So sex can come in lots of different varieties…it startles us in terms of those categorizations.” She says how transgender people are pretty much forced into having surgery because they are not considered “normal” in the eyes of society.
    A person’s sex should not be determined by their anatomy, but by their attitude and preferences. In both speakers cases we see what struggles transgender people have to go through in life due to society. Geena Grocero personally experienced it, and Alice Dreger has met, and has tried to help people in such situations. Now, the question to be asked is, What can be done to make conditions easier for transgender people, and how can we make people see them as the same as any other human being? It does not seem to be an easy feat to accomplish. Geena Grocero, being a great model, felt nervous revealing the truth to the public, thinking it would change how people view her in society. Alice Dreger has dedicated her whole life to fight for the rights of people who are not considered “equal” because of their anatomy. It might take a lot more people to make a change, but hope should never be lost!

  2. Gurjot Singh says:

    A person’s sex should not be determined by their anatomy, but by their attitude and

    preferences. Many people in this world have characteristics, physical and mental, of both

    males and females. “Is Anatomy Destiny” by Alice Dreger, and “Why I Must Come Out”

    by Geene Grocero, are two pieces that talk about people with such characteristics, and

    tell us how they are not different or inferior to “normal” people in any way.

    Both speakers talk about how transgender people go through surgery to become their

    desired sex. In “Is Anatomy Destiny” Alice Dreger says “So sex can come in lots of

    different varieties…it startles us in terms of those categorizations.” She mentions that

    people just want to be seen as “normal” in the eyes of society, therefore they go through

    surgery to change who they are, and are forced to pick one gender. In “Why I Must Come

    Out” Geena Grocero says “In 2001, my mom, who had moved to San Francisco…I felt

    that I could conquer my dream and move to New York and be a model.” In Geena’s case,

    surgery was a blessing. She became a much more confident person. She would now be

    seen as “equal” in society.

    Both talks talk about the difficulties in society of being a transgender person. In “Why I

    Must Come Out” it is a first person view/experience of the matter. Geena Grocero

    mentions “Many are not so fortunate… so that one day there will never be a need for a

    November 20 vigil.” Even though Geena came out and became famous, she is a rarity.

    There are many others in the same situation in which she once was, that did not get so

    lucky. In many cases it cost them their lives. Alice Dreger has more of a second hand

    view of the situation. She mentions “So sex can come in lots of different varieties…it

    startles us in terms of those categorizations.” She says how transgender people are pretty

    much forced into having surgery because they are not considered “normal” in the eyes of

    society.

    A person’s sex should not be determined by their anatomy, but by their attitude and

    preferences. In both speakers cases we see what struggles transgender people have to go

    through in life due to society. Geena Grocero personally experienced it, and Alice Dreger

    has met, and has tried to help people in such situations. Now, the question to be asked is,

    What can be done to make conditions easier for transgender people, and how can we

    make people see them as the same as any other human being? It does not seem to be an

    easy feat to accomplish. Geena Grocero, being a great model, felt nervous revealing the

    truth to the public, thinking it would change how people view her in society. Alice Dreger

    has dedicated her whole life to fight for the rights of people who are not considered

    “equal” because of their anatomy. It might take a lot more people to make a change, but

    hope should never be lost!

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