Sex and gender

1. Fun Home depicts some of the ways that sexuality as we understand it today is often seen as central to a person’s identity. Discuss how sexuality is presented as an important part of the story or narrative of identity for one or more characters in” rel=”nofollow”>in Bechdel’s book. How does Bechdel use in” rel=”nofollow”>intertextuality to tell this story or narrative? Focus on at least one promin” rel=”nofollow”>inent in” rel=”nofollow”>intertextual reference in” rel=”nofollow”>in your discussion. Make sure that you discuss the images as well as the words.
Set text to discuss: Bechdel, Alison. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic. New York: Marin” rel=”nofollow”>iner Books, 2007.
2. Histories of femin” rel=”nofollow”>inism encourage us to see that the current refugee crisis is one of the most pressin” rel=”nofollow”>ing issues confrontin” rel=”nofollow”>ing femin” rel=”nofollow”>inism in” rel=”nofollow”>in Australia today. Discuss with reference to the three ‘waves’ (first, second and third) of femin” rel=”nofollow”>inism.
Set text to discuss: Whatever Happened To… Women’s Lib? (2015) (ON CLOUD)
3. Some people argue that femin” rel=”nofollow”>inism today focuses too heavily on the in” rel=”nofollow”>individual, as opposed to the collective struggle characterisin” rel=”nofollow”>ing Women’s Liberation of the 1970s. This is despite a growin” rel=”nofollow”>ing awareness of the need to focus on difference and to enact an in” rel=”nofollow”>intersectional femin” rel=”nofollow”>inism. What are some examples of how femin” rel=”nofollow”>inism is different today when compared to Women’s Liberation of the 1970s? Discuss the ideas of in” rel=”nofollow”>individualism, collectivity and in” rel=”nofollow”>intersectionality in” rel=”nofollow”>in your response.
Set text to discuss: Beyoncé. Lemonade. Parkwood Entertain” rel=”nofollow”>inment LLC.2016. (ON CLOUD) AND/OR Dunham, Lena. Girls. HBO, Series 4, Ep 10 Of 10.(ON CLOUD)
4. How are gender and sexuality represented in” rel=”nofollow”>in Carol? How do these representations lin” rel=”nofollow”>ink to representations of class and power in” rel=”nofollow”>in the novel?
Set text to discuss: Highsmith, Patricia. Carol [the Price of Salt]. 1952. Bloomsbury Classics. London: Bloomsbury Pub., 1993.
5. How has growin” rel=”nofollow”>ing up changed sin” rel=”nofollow”>ince Gay Liberation? Discuss the ideas of masculin” rel=”nofollow”>inity, discourse, essentialism and social constructionism in” rel=”nofollow”>in your response.
Set text to discuss: Conigrave, Timothy. Holdin” rel=”nofollow”>ing the Man Melbourne: McPhee Gribble, 1995. AND/OR Law, Benjamin” rel=”nofollow”>in. The Family Law. SBS.2016. [episode one, Season One] (ON CLOUD) AND/OR Thomas, Josh. Please Like Me. ABC.2016. [episode one, Season Four] (ON CLOUD)
6. The body is a focal poin” rel=”nofollow”>int for political struggles and cultural representations in” rel=”nofollow”>in relation to gender and sexuality. Similarly, the body plays a central role in” rel=”nofollow”>in political struggles and cultural representations in” rel=”nofollow”>in relation to labour and workers’ rights. Therefore, there are connections between the politics of gender and sexuality and the politics of work and class. Discuss through reference to the set text and at least one other promin” rel=”nofollow”>inent example. Discuss the ideas of power, solidarity and coalition politics in” rel=”nofollow”>in your response.
Set text to discuss: Pride (2014) (director Matthew Warchus). Film.(ON CLOUD)
7. Trans politics challenges people to rethin” rel=”nofollow”>ink ideas about gender and femin” rel=”nofollow”>inism. Popular culture (e.g. cin” rel=”nofollow”>inema, celebrity culture, YouTube, television, popular music etc.) has played an important role in” rel=”nofollow”>in promotin” rel=”nofollow”>ing trans politics and its impact on changin” rel=”nofollow”>ing ideas about gender and femin” rel=”nofollow”>inism. Discuss. Discuss the ideas of discourse, essentialism and social constructionism in” rel=”nofollow”>in your response.
Set text to discuss: Transamerica (2005) (director Duncan Tucker). Film.(ON CLOUD)
8. Australian femin” rel=”nofollow”>inism and LGBTIQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, in” rel=”nofollow”>intersex and queer) politics and culture have often neglected or ignored in” rel=”nofollow”>indigenous people, knowledges, and histories. Discuss some explanations for why this has occurred and how this neglect and ignorance can be addressed.
Set text to discuss: Hodge, Din” rel=”nofollow”>ino, ed. Colourin” rel=”nofollow”>ing the Rain” rel=”nofollow”>inbow: Blak Queer and Trans Perspectives: Life Stories and Essays by First Nations People of Australia. Mile End, South Australia: Wakefield Press, 2015.
9. Despite the emphasis on difference in” rel=”nofollow”>in contemporary politics and culture concerned with gender and sexuality, people with so-called disabilities – that is, people who deviate from some kin” rel=”nofollow”>ind of expectation about what bodies or min” rel=”nofollow”>inds should do – are still often ignored and made in” rel=”nofollow”>invisible in” rel=”nofollow”>in debates over and representations of gender and sexuality. Discuss via at least one set text:

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