• Tues Nov 29
    Wael Ghonim: Let's design social media that drives real change (2015) [start at 9-13:34]
    Dan Heath: How to Change When Change is Hard (2015) [11:26], The Elephant and The Rider (2015) [2:02], comic review still at 7:25
    Want to be an activist? Start with your toys (2013) [5:18]
    Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" Speech (1963)
    She's Beautiful when She's Angry (2014)
    Marriage rights
    How To Change The World (a work in progress) | Kid President (2013) [2:11]
    incubation sessions [2, 2, 3, 2] groups of 3 or 4 depending on who is present (3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21) (4, 8, 12, 16, 20)
    final project and peer review
  • Tues Nov 22
    final project and grading rubric
    Make your Pitch Perfect: The Elevator Pitch by Alison Chadwick, Barclays, UK ["jargon"--appropriate to this class rather than your grandmother, 5 minutes]
    Harry Belafonte Talks To Al About Activism, Music, Dr. Martin Luther King | TODAY (2016) [2:23]
    Norman Lear: Comedy with Meaning (2015) [4]
    incubation sessions [1, 2, 4, 2] groups of 3 or 4 depending on who is present (3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21) (4, 8, 12, 16, 20)
    Why It's Impossible To Advance A Cause Online (2015) [5:52]
  • Thur Nov 17
    final project, incubation sessions
    Social change and activism
    Culture Jamming: Barbie an American Icon (2015) [2] and Barbie Liberation Organisation (2010) [2:29]
    Social change and activism
    Women in Motion Talk with Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis (2016) [3:55] seejane.org
    Can media and popular culture strengthen the campaign for LGBTIQ human rights? (2015) [1:21]

  • Tues Nov 15 Finish WONDER WOMEN! The Untold Story of American Superheroines (2012) [52:23]
    WONDER WOMAN Trailer 2 (2017)
    Discuss hw 13 #4. Share #5 with a neighbor.
    Revisit mathematicians part 1 social cognition theory, calls to increase, mathematicians part 2 gender schema.
    We Are #WomenNotObjects (2016) [2:21]
    Social change and activism
  • Thur Nov 10
    hw 13
    election quotes
    Sarah Kay: If I should have a daughter... (2011) [3]
    Martin Luther King Jr., Margaret Mead
    What are the examples of ideas for change and impacts in the following movie? WONDER WOMEN! The Untold Story of American Superheroines (2012) [52:23]

  • Tues Nov 8
    Miss America Pageant: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver [0-2:30 and 13:02-14:23]
    Slides on body image and popular culture
    Men's Standards Of Beauty Around The World [5]
    Break Free - Ruby Rose (2014) Content warning [5]
    Gender-Bending Model Rain Dove: 'Just stop caring about my nibblets' (2015) [5]
    Dove | Beauty on your own terms #MyBeautyMySay (2016) [1:30]
    *Rick Guidotti: From stigma to supermodel [8] (2011), [2:00-4:33, 6:11-6:32, 8:53-10:33, 12:17-12:50, and 13:22-15:24] http://positiveexposure.org/. Steady that gaze. Seeing the beauty in all differences.
    #StarringJohnCho takes on Hollywood whitewashing with Photoshop (2016) [:47]
    The Try Guys Get Photoshopped Like Women (2016) [3.5] [:29-2:36, 8:04-9:38]
    going flat
    Slides on body image and popular culture and puzzles to break up into groups.
  • Thur Nov 3
    clickers, Media Literacy Week. hw 12. Critique my t-shirt from a feminist standpoint.
    Share anything related to Worksheet for "Do Video Games Encourage Sexist Behavior?"
    All the Slender Ladies: Body Diversity in Video Games (2016) [4] [3:20-7:09]
    Slides on body image and popular culture
    Mercury---Don't Conform (2016) [:31]
    Standard Of Beauty & Photoshop | Model Before and After (2013) [1]
    google image photoshop models before and after
    Slim Hopes: Advertising & the Obsession With Thinness (2006) [:20-2:41]

  • Tues Nov 1 It's Media Literacy Week. The pledge.
    Review performativity from ASULearn, ways of seeing, gaze, social construct, power structures in popular culture part 2, mathematicians part 2 gender schema, and gender: social construct, Tropes
    25 Invisible Benefits of Gaming While Male (2014) [5:01]
    Women as Reward - Tropes vs Women in Video Games [5:08 to 9:47] (2015)
    Game Theory: Are GTA V Cops Racist? (Grand Theft Auto V) (2015) [6:29]
    Top Non-Binary (Genderqueer) Characters in Video Games! (2016) [3:51]
    Discuss hw 11
    Use the random sequence generator to form 4 or 5 groups
    Worksheet for "Do Video Games Encourage Sexist Behavior?"
  • Thur Oct 27
    ASULearn Grant, Dr. Sushmita Chatterjee, course rubric. Menstruation and the presidency
    game slides part 1 and discuss 5, 6, 7 from hw 9 and performativity in sample LG2 and LG4 from the exam.
    game slides part 2
    The Colbert Report - Gamergate - Anita Sarkeesian (2014)

  • Tues Oct 25
    Review and finish ecofeminism and slides, Female hurricanes are deadlier than male hurricanes
    Mother Nature, Father Science [Mythology, Literature, Frankenstein, Mary Shelley]
    game slides part 1. Break up into groups of 4 to discuss. Then count off to form groups of 1 person from each group to share.
    Upcoming: hw 9, hw 10
  • Thur Oct 20
    Hold on to your hw and prepare to share from it. Discuss Homework Question Assignment 8, ecofeminism,
    Fiske and power structures in popular culture (John Fiske, 1980s)
    Review mathematicians part 2, gender schema and Tropes
    Change the Story, Change the Future: A Living Economy for a Living Earth by David Korten, and impacts: slides
    Rethinking Our Story About the Economy Part 1 With David Korten from 1:09
    Reflection 5 on gendered earth in popular culture

  • Tues Oct 18
    We'll discuss the hw--so you may want to take a snapshot of it before turning it in.
    What popular culture, if any, did you consume over break? Write on board.
    Contrast femininity and hypermasculinity in popular culture to professional wrestling.
    Wrestling With Manhood: Boys, Bullying & Battering (2006), revisit Sut Jhally and Jackson Katz [4:54] [didn't get to]
    Girls Make Media: Mary Kearney, Associate Professor of Film, Television, and Theatre (2014) [3:08]
    Star Power and the Election
    Review clicker #5. Discuss and then make a list of mother nature tropes.
    Share your responses to Homework Question Assignment 7 with a neighbor.
    clicker #6
    Review mathematicians part 2, gender schema, Brewer & Treyens (1981), schema experiment.
    Review Tropes
    The end of: Disaster Studios (2015)
    Mother Nature [Advertising and Comic Books]
    Mother Nature
    Changing the tropes? Impacts of them?
    clicker #7
    Nature Is Speaking - Julia Roberts is Mother Nature | Conservation International (CI)
  • Tues Oct 11 Project 1 presentations conclude. Turn in work, along with peer review and self-evaluation.
  • Thur Oct 6 We had a great discussion about problems with the chalking policy, and the need for the campus to reveal and address the underlying racism, antisemitism... rather than only pushing it underground. For example we criticized the fact that many students reading the emails from the Chancellor would have no idea what it is about, that marginalized students on campus felt a hostile environment, and that there doesn't seem to be follow-up programming. First Amendment
    Session 1: Tape up work. Project 1 presentations begin

  • Tues Oct 4 Revisit Gender in the common reading book So You've Been Publicly Shamed
    clickers 1
    presentation session. Questions on project 1, slides, rubric, peer review and self-evaluation. Present topic.
    normative within a profession and impacts on society continued:
    Verizon Inspire Her Mind (2014)
    clickers 2 and 3
    Revisit mathematicians part 1, social cognition theory, calls to increase, mathematicians part 2, gender schema
    clickers 4 and 5
    contrast STEM, typically separated from sexuality, traditional femininity and hypermasculinity in popular culture to professional wrestling.
  • Thur Sep 29
    Questions or comments on ASULearn postings?
    Finish mathematicians part 1, social cognition theory, calls to increase
    Questions on project 1, slides
    library samples
    Databases for Gender Studies and Film Studies and Subject Librarian
    Research Advisory Program (RAP)
    questions, Gender in the common reading book So You've Been Publicly Shamed
    Normani Kordei, Leslie Jones on Her Twitter Trolls (2016). First Amendment

  • Tues Sep 27
    Share from the hw professions
    Questions on project 1, slides
    mathematicians part 1
    Project MC2
  • Thur Sep 22
    Gangnam Style as we review handout and course slides.
    Questions on project 1, slides
    Clickers. Finish going over the worksheet. South Korea. Pony Gangnam Style and gaze. Asian, Hispanic, Latino, Pacific Islander men in US pop culture. Normalization within a culture or subculture. preferred meaning by producers versus what the consumers interpret.
    heteronormative, performativity normalization for gay men: Do I Sound Gay? (2014).
    internalized oppression, marginalization (so deeply internalized can impact beyond their intention or even awareness)
    normative within a profession and impacts on society? professions
    questions, Gender in the common reading book So You've Been Publicly Shamed

  • Tues Sep 20 exam. clock
  • Thur Sep 15
    Revisit True Life | 'I'm Genderqueer' in the context of the second and third questions, and mention The Swan, Boy Meets Boy, Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire? on worst reality tv shows ever lists, condemnations and Auteurs and Reception from Queer Representation in Film and Television. review
    Take questions on the study guide or project 1 slides. Hand out the card. Review performativity and picture.
    Go over the worksheet. South Korea.

  • Tues Sep 13
    Reality shows: Further Off the Straight & Narrow (2006) [Media Education Foundation--Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation and Culture]
    True Life | 'I'm Genderqueer' Official Sneak Peek #1. aired 11/17/2015
    The Jeffersons and the transgender community, Know Your LGBT History, Two decades ago, Tom Hanks and Philadelphia prompted changing attitudes toward HIV-AIDS
    Top Youtube videos, worksheet. South Korea.
  • Thur Sep 8 List a few more questions. Discuss the hw.
    Beyond the binary historically tied to sexuality. heteronormative.
    Has anyone seen a Bollywood movie? How would you describe the gender roles and sexuality? Bollywood slides
    Finish toys: Christopher Bell: Bring on the female superheroes! (2015 but released in August)
    Discuss the reflection

  • Tues Sep 6
    Clicker questions and discussion of hw readings. List a few more questions.
    The Vito Russo Test (The Celluloid Closet and Vito Russo), and the GLAAD Studio Responsibility Index. "It should be noted that The Danish Girl likely brought trans issues to an audience that may not be watching other trans-inclusive entertainment that skews younger like Sense8 and Orange Is the New Black"
    gqnb, and the cisgender/transgender binary
    The Crying Game, discuss the hw readings
    Media conglomerates and the motion picture production code
  • Thur Sep 1
    What are we consuming in popular culture and the media?
    self-aware pop culture (of feminist critiques) like Crazy Ex Girlfriend, Galavant, Scream Queens
    binary gender constructions, including gaze, gender: social construct, Media Education Foundation, power structures in popular culture, TV Tropes, ways of seeing.
    Fill in glossary.
    Trope: Men Act, Women Are
    Trope: Ambiguous Gender [Live Action TV]
    Trope: Transgender
    Gender Blending Tropes
    [Comment on Wikipedia pages]
    TV Tropes Will Ruin Your Life
    Toys and kids: pink and gendered toys. dressing like your doll.
    top grossing movies and how much they are from UK or US. Mention pop culture as top US export, Baywatch as #1 worldwide at one point, and eating disorders in FIJI after 1995 US tv introduced (contradicting the ideal of the voluptuous). Mention that pop culture is imported too--#1 Youtube video Gangnam Style, Hello Kitty, Bollywood for example.

  • Tues Aug 30
    clickers on representing men
    Discuss the video from Thursday and the reading.
    Tough Guise 2: A Taught Behavior with Jackson Katz.
    Men and patriarchy
  • Thur Aug 25
    clickers on representing women
    Discuss the reading and The Codes of Gender video with Sut Jhally. Sexual celebration and empowerment / objectification
    The dangerous ways ads see women | Jean Kilbourne | TEDxLafayetteCollege, transcript [15:50]

  • Tues Aug 23 Look at responses to #1 and #4 from hw. Take any questions on the syllabus.
    bell hooks on intersectionality, stereotypes, fandom studies and ethnographic studies [start with stereotypes, fandom studies and ethnographic studies]
    Any questions on the Bechdel test, encoding and decoding model of communication, ethnographic cultural studies, fandom studies, gender performativity, intersectionality, and stereotypes? Reminder of [1, 4, 5, 6, 10, 15, 21] Introduction to theoretical and critical approaches.
    Exchange your reflection with others (groups of 2 or 3). Examine one of your group member's reflections. Write down your name and at least two positive aspects and two suggestions for improvement. Then collect reflection 1 and the peer review.
    The codes of gender [videorecording] : identity + performance in pop culture / produced by the Media Education Foundation; written & directed by Sut Jhally abridged (46 min.) version, transcript (we'll begin with SUT JHALLY on p. 2, and skip the feminine touch, licensed withdrawal, infantilization, and the last section)

  • Thur Aug 18 Continue theoretical and critical approaches.
  • clicker questions. Discuss the homework readings.
    For the segment on gendered professions: Consider and discuss the statistics of women's participation in the entertainment industry. Why do you think women are largely invisible?
    For the end of the symester: What do you think the fourth wave of feminism should look like? What role, if any, should media and popular culture play? What issues should be front and center?
    Bechdel test
    Judith Butler on gender performativity and Stuart Hall's encoding and decoding model
    bell hooks on intersectionality, stereotypes, fandom studies and ethnographic studies [stopped at intersectionality]
    Discuss Reflection 1 on theoretical and critical approaches for popular culture due on Tuesday. slides

  • Tues Aug 16
    What is popular culture and why study it
    Roxane Gay: Confessions of a bad feminist
    Learning goals, course rubrics. The syllabus and the calendar webpage, office hours and ASULearn forums. handout, slides
    Homework Question Assignment 1