For Tuesday we are reading essays about gender roles and science and thinking about them in relation to some of your "this is a feminist issue because..." entries.
All of the readings discuss the ways in which culture (societal norms, stereotypes about gender roles) shapes how scientific facts about men and women/male and female/masculine and feminine are reported and understood within popular culture, news reports about scientific studies and scientific textbooks. In different ways, each author is curious about how the way we interpret "facts" about bodies is mediated through language that is not free of cultural expectations and norms. In other words, the language that is used to describe certain scientific/biological facts is often loaded with culturally specific metaphors (Martin), is wholly concerned with differences instead of similarities (Wilchins), and is frequently promoted as "natural" and beyond question/ing (Bornstein).
Members of Group D: Find one concrete example from the readings that illustrates this idea and do the following
- Clearly describe the example. Include the author, title of the article and the page number/s of your example. Be as specific as possible.
- Articulate what the author's larger argument is and how your specific example helps to illustrate that argument.
The purpose of this engagement is not to express your own opinion about the example, but to clearly articulate what the author is trying to say and how they say it. Therefore, your entry should not include how you agree/disagree with the claim or the author. Instead, it should offer a clear, succinct and specific articulation of the author's claim and the example that they use to explain/defend/support that claim.
Comments by groups A and B could include:
- Questions of clarification connected to example given in the entry. Why does the author use this term...? Or what does the author mean by...?
- Critical thoughts on why the example does/doesn't support the author's claim or why you agree or disagree with the claim.
- Questions that the example or larger argument raise for you.