June 2012 Archives

feminism, privilege and race

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Here's a great blog post I read earlier today. I thought of it immediately when I read Weber's description of the controlling image of a "working woman." The post (which links to the original article it responds to) is for me a good example of the critiques many feminists of color have been raising for a century now about the mainstream women's movements.


I found this on yahoo news and thought it would be interesting to read because it ties in with the class. The article deals with the immigration law in arizona and speaks about the presidents reaction to it.

Sorry, I didnt know how to upload the file, but if you just cut and paste, it should work just fine.


intermission music - weeks 1 and 2

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Here is a list of the music I've been playing before class and during break. This music has less to do with course content, and more to do with just what I feel like hearing that particular day, but here's what you've heard so far:

Yo La Tengo - album "I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass"

La Peña Pop - self-titled album

José González - album "In Our Nature"

Pavement - album "Brighten the Corners" (that was today's)

end of class reflections - weeks 1 and 2

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As promised, here is a list of the things we have listened to at the close of our classes thus far.

June 12
Maya Angelou reading her poem, "Sepia Fashion Show"

June 14
The Bags, "Babylonian Gorgon"

June 19
We listened to 2 activists for the Dream Act, Veronica Gomez and Javier Hernandez, explaining the reasons for their hunger strike.

June 21
Jolie Rickman, "Emma Goldman"

What would You Do Links


Below is a few links to some youtube clips of What Would You Do episodes. Ive seen many of these episodes and quite a few of them speak about some of the material closely related to class regarding race,class, gender, and sexuality. Just to be aware, these episodes have some harsh language which is sometimes hard to hear. All of these episodes are done by actors in controlled settings. Thank you

1.) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvIDqgyK8fw

2.) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ru1F29vuVKI

3.) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8aRlbCkRrfU

Alice Bag

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Here's a link to a reading from Alice Bag's new memoir (she is the Chicana punk I mentioned in class):


Tough Guise

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I saw this in one of my class and i though it related to what we talked about in class today. mostly the first 2mins. http://youtu.be/3exzMPT4nGI

Joe Biden's Will and Grace Comment

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Here is a youtube address to a Daily Show recap which feature's Joe Biden's comment about how the TV show Will & Grace has educated the American public. They also talk about gays on TV briefly. It's also just in general pretty funny.

P.S. Is there a way to embed a video on here? This blog program is not intuitive at all.

goals for the course (open thread)

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Here is the list we made in Tuesday's class of things we would like to learn more about during this course:

  • Different perspectives (a lot of diversity within the classroom with regards to opinions and stance)
  • Interconnectedness/Intersectionality
  • Gender, gender roles, and race outside of the US
  • GLBTQ movements in other areas of the world
  • Other sociologists' definitions and viewpoints on the terms race, class, gender, and sexuality, with regards to what it means to them
  • Want to learn more about age and how the younger generations view the different topics versus the older generations
  • Pop culture and the influence it has on our perspectives regarding r/c/g

Feel free to add more ideas in the comments or in other posts!

essay #1 example

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The link below is to a classic example for our first assignment. It's Peggy McIntosh's short essay, "White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack."


kittie knapsack.jpg

Who makes up the One Percent?

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Notable Statistics:
-American households [at the] cut-off for the top 1% will earn about $506,553 in cash income this year.
-The top 1% of American earners receive about a fifth of the country's income
-The top 1% of Americans by net worth hold about a third of American wealth.

-(via http://money.cnn.com/2011/10/20/news/economy/occupy_wall_street_income)/index.htm


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welcome to our class blog. this is a place you can post videos, websites, observations, songs, and anything else that crosses your mind on the topic of race, class, gender, sexuality, or able-ism. we will often use blog discussions or examples to enrich our in-class conversation, and most importantly, this is your easiest vehicle for steering the class toward things that interest you rather than what interests me.

Frida Kahlo, Self Portrait with Collar of Thorns, 1940

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