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Select one of the posted prompts or develop and respond to your own prompt.

Essays evaluate your engagement with the themes and texts of this course. Select ONE of the posted prompts OR develop and respond to your own prompt. If you choose to respond to your own prompt, you must include the prompt above your response. Your essay must be 1,000+ words. Your essay must offer and support an argument related to the prompt you select/develop. If you elect to generate your own prompt, your prompt must address Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo.
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Regardless of what you choose to argue, your essay must remain focused on the work under study. Your essay must incorporate textual support from at least TWO sources (support from the primary text AND one scholarly source). While you are free to include additional sources, your essay should balance analysis and support.
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Your essay must present a compelling, coherent, and specific thesis that is consistently and thoroughly developed. I hope that you will see this as an opportunity to exhibit creativity and critical thinking. Your essay must support assertions with relevant examples from the texts. Summarizing the readings or relying on personal reaction will result in a lowered score or a grade of zero. Your essay should not offer plot summary but should instead present a debatable assertion that is situated in the introduction and supported throughout the essay. Failure to meet the minimum word count and/or incorporate the required number and type of sources will result in a significant grade reduction. Your work will be graded on the quality of your ideas as well as your writing. Criteria for grading include completeness, thoughtfulness, and development and support of a particular argument.
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Works Cited entries do not count towards the minimum word count. Per the plagiarism policy, you must cite ideas that are not your own. Your essay must include proper MLA in-text citations, proper formatting, and a Works Cited page. Your work must be submitted to the proper Assignment folder by the respective deadline. Work must be submitted in .doc, .docx, or PDF format. Work submitted in alternate formats will be considered late (and lose one letter grade per 24-hour period) until resubmitted in the proper format.
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The following deductions will apply to each essay:
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1) Submitted in alternate file format= late until resubmitted as a .doc, .docx, or PDF file
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2) Late= -10% of the grade PER DAY (24 hours)
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3) Missing Works Cited= -5% of the grade
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4) Missing textual support from the primary text= -15% of the grade
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5) Missing textual support from the required secondary source= -5% of the grade
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6) Short of the word requirement= loses points based on percentage short (ex: an essay of 500 words can receive up to 50% credit with 1,000 words required)
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1) What does this text have to say about procreation, maternity, and/or motherhood? What role does motherhood, or lack thereof, play in this novel? What kind of a mother figure is Mama?
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2) Discuss how the god-like forces of gender and race function in Shange’s work. In what ways does this text reinforce gender roles? How, overall, does this novel depict race and race relations?
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3) What role does creative expression play in this novel? What specific benefits do music, dancing, and/or weaving provide? How, if at all, does creative expression afford healing?
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4) In what ways is Indigo in a position of exile? What kind of a childhood does she have? Who serves as an “othermother,” or supplementary maternal influence, for her and what do they teach her?
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5) What function do the recipes play in Shange’s text? How, textually, do they work? Why might Shange include them?
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<select one of the discussion questions on the bottom of page 11 for response #3

the book is Ms. Digital Reader: Gender, Race & Class Reader: Read the introduction to Chapter #2: Health & Reproductive Justice (p.10-11) as well as the following linked articles on pages 12-13: Abortion Rights, Code Red, The Crime Was Pregnancy, For the Price of a Pad and view the brief video Educate Girls – Period!
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Select one of the discussion questions on the bottom of page 11 for Response #3

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Gender reveal parties have become commonplace in the last decade. First started in 2008 by Jenna Karvunidis, these parties bring expectant parents together with their family and friends to reveal something about their impending baby. But what exactly is being revealed at these parties?
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(See https://www.npr.org/2019/07/28/745990073/woman-who-popularized-gender-reveal-parties-says-her-views-on-gender-have-change for information about these parties and the shift of viewpoints of the original creator]
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In this assignment, I would like you to analyze these parties in an essay
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First, I would like you to examine the idea of gender reveal parties. Do they reveal gender? What is being measured and celebrated at these events? [1-2 pages,]
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Next, you will explain gender reveal parties as if you are speaking to a space alien from a species that reproduces asexually by budding and has no sexes or genders. [1 page,]
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How do the readings we have done around sex, gender, bodies, and social construction in this course help us to understand and critique these parties? [1-2 pages,]
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Think also about the ways gender has been revealed in your own life, from birth until now. How do you reveal your gender to others through your everyday actions and life choices? How was your gender revealed in your early childhood, to both yourself and to your family and community? [2-3 pages,]
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In thinking about your responses, think also about what the authors we have read can contribute to your understandings of your own experiences of gender and of the institution of the gender reveal party. In your response, incorporate at least two course readings. More is always better. You should incorporate readings throughout your essay to support your ideas.
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Strong analysis will describe and reflect on what you have seen and experienced, connect deeply with understandings of the social organization of sex and gender roles and identities, and reflect on theory and data from the course readings.
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Rest assured that your response to these questions will be held in confidence by me, as will everything else you write for me this semester. My assessment of your work will never be based on your opinions or personal experience but on the quality and thoroughness of your responses and the depth of your analysis and connections to the materials.
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This paper should be 5-7 pages.
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All papers are to be typed in 12-point Times New Roman font, double spaced, with 1 inch margins.
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The paper should have a title that reflects its contents and a works cited page.
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All quotes and ideas from others must be cited.
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Citation information can be found here:
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http://lib.trinity.edu/research/citing/ASA_Style_Citations_4.pdf
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Also feel free to include additional sources once you’ve included the three required citations.

Part I
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Read pages 53-82 in the Sherry Turkell Book. Please note each main point should be a min. of 20 words, and each should include a full citations (author last name, year of pub, page #). Include word counts
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1. Provide 5 main points from chapter 3. Be sure to cover the entire reading with points from the beginning, middle & end – min 20 words with citation
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2. Provide 5 main points from chapter 4 – cover the entire chapter – min 20 words with intext citation for each
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Intext citation Format (author last name, year of publication, page #) NOTE: all info is within parenthesis, do not split this up
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Be sure to include a complete works cited at the very end of the assignment.
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Also see the announcement for submitting classwork, Do not send this as an attachment.
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PART II
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Write an essay on a concept or an idea from the readings in chapters 3,4, which you found most interesting or thought provoking. Be sure to also include why you found the concept so interesting or thought provoking. You can include your own examples with technology. This essay should be a min of 250 – 300 words. Include a min. of three citations from the readings in chapters 3,4, (with different page #’s). Also feel free to include additional sources once you’ve included the three required citations.
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Please note it’s important to keep your discussion within the context of Sherry Turkle’s critical view of technology, As the title of the book says, “ALONE TOGETHER” Explore the notion of technology, mobile devices and more leading us down a path of being disconnected from each other, with one result being loneliness. Only a reminder to keep the essay within this context.
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Thank you
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Be sure to include a complete works cited
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Thank you

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<answer the following in your post:

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According to Judith Butler, what is the difference between gender being performed and gender being performative?
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Respond to the following prompts in 300+ words, with reference to the assigned Module 4 texts:
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1. Explain the concept of social construction and discuss the processes of socialization through which individuals “learn gender.”
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2. Discuss the ways in which dominant notions of masculinity and femininity are reinforced through social interactions.
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3. Explain how traditional gender roles limit both men and women.
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Jamaica Kincaid’s “Girl” presents a vivid picture of how gender is socially constructed within a specific context. The text provides an example of the rigid rules imposed upon young women as well as the consequences of not conforming to those expectations.
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How does this description compare to how gender is constructed in your own family and community? For example, in some contexts, girls and women are expected to adhere to a set of rules that result in them being viewed as “ladies” or “ladylike,” and if they don’t adhere to them, there are social consequences.
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Explore how Kincaid’s “Girl” illustrates the ideas presented in “It’s Your Gender, Stupid!” and “Your Life as a Girl.”
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Bring up at least one question for us to discuss in relation to this topic.
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http://sociology.morrisville.edu/readings/SOCI101/SOS28-Lorber-NightToHisDay.pdf
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https://youtu.be/Bo7o2LYATDc
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https://www.sweetstudy.com/files/wilchins-4introessaysgenderqueer-pdf
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https://www.angelfire.com/fl/automaticpansy/asgirl.html
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https://macmedplacebo.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/girl-jamaica-kincaid.pdf
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Please answer all parts. Thank you so much, this means so much!!!
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1. Explain the concept of social construction and discuss the processes of socialization through which individuals “learn gender.”
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2. Discuss the ways in which dominant notions of masculinity and femininity are reinforced through social interactions.
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3. Explain how traditional gender roles limit both men and women.
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Jamaica Kincaid’s “Girl” presents a vivid picture of how gender is socially constructed within a specific context. The text provides an example of the rigid rules imposed upon young women as well as the consequences of not conforming to those expectations.
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How does this description compare to how gender is constructed in your own family and community? For example, in some contexts, girls and women are expected to adhere to a set of rules that result in them being viewed as “ladies” or “ladylike,” and if they don’t adhere to them, there are social consequences.
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Explore how Kincaid’s “Girl” illustrates the ideas presented in “It’s Your Gender, Stupid!” and “Your Life as a Girl.”
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https://www.sweetstudy.com/files/wilchins-4introessaysgenderqueer-pdf
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https://www.angelfire.com/fl/automaticpansy/asgirl.html
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https://macmedplacebo.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/girl-jamaica-kincaid.pdf
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Please answer all parts. Thank you so mich
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The book ms. digital reader: gender, race & class: read the text introduction by beverly guy-sheftall (p.2-3) and the introduction to chapter #1: core concepts (p.4-5)

The book Ms. Digital Reader: Gender, Race & Class: Read the text introduction by Beverly Guy-Sheftall (p.2-3) and the introduction to Chapter #1: Core Concepts (p.4-5)
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Written Assignment: Select one of the discussion questions on the bottom of page 5 and answer

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THERE IS 2 SEPARATE PARTS TO THIS ASSIGNMENT!! And please use the links provided to get the information needed.
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Respond the following prompts in 300+ words, with reference to the assigned Module 3 texts:
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1. In your own words, define intersectional feminism.
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2. Explain the importance of intersectional feminism as a way of addressing and advancing first- and second-wave feminist work.
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3. Provide an example of an intersectional approach to responding to an issue on college campuses.
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Answer the following in your post (these don’t have to be long, just summaries):
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* Although some, in popular discourse, have begun to argue that the U.S. is “post-feminist,” the authors in this module maintain that feminism remains as relevant and necessary as ever.  
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* Identify (either quote or summarize) a specific argument for the importance of feminism made by at least one of the authors/speakers from this module. 
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* Find and link a relatively current image/video or page (or comment section) that exemplifies their claim. 
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* Briefly discuss the correlation you are making. 
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* Bring up at least one question for us to discuss in relation to this topic. 
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links to sources:
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1. https://static1.squarespace.com/static/533b171fe4b0c551757d9ba3/t/5378fc7ae4b07d0c6bf661af/1400437882246/2000_daywithout-feminism.pdf
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2. https://feminismduh.tumblr.com/post/12777380986/third-wave-manifesta-a-thirteen-point-agenda
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3. https://youtu.be/CzZSmgKe1Jg
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4. https://danawilliams2.tripod.com/aaarg/hooks.pdf
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5. https://www.ted.com/talks/courtney_e_martin_this_isn_t_her_mother_s_feminism?language=en
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6. https://youtu.be/ROwquxC_Gxc
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THANK YOU SO MUCH
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