Homework for Wednesday, February 15

Watch Roxane Gay’s TED talk about bad feminism and take notes.

In addition, read through bell hooks’s “Dig Deep” essay on Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In  (also take some time to look up bell hooks and her contribution to feminism– she’s a powerhouse).

Think through the ideas Gay and hooks present, and come to class ready to discuss what their contributions mean for modern conceptions of feminism.


First Blog Posting Assignment Prompt

For the first blog post due Friday, February 10th at 11pm, Group 1 writers will compose a post that compares and contrasts two articles from two separate sites that make up the homework due Friday (links in the previous post).

Pick two websites (for example, Autostraddle and The Establishment) and choose a post/ essay/ article published on each. It can be any article you find and want to talk about. After reading the two articles, spend some time writing about these articles and how they represent the information/ ideas they include and the site as a whole. What similarities are there in content, style, author background, formatting, or anything else that looks relevant? Where do they differ? Why do you think they differ? Which do you like better? Why? Who do you think is the best audience for each post, and do they overlap at all? Spend some time thinking about these questions and write your answers in 250-400 words. Keep in mind that your post can be informal, but make sure you address two specific articles and discuss both.

Groups 2 and 3 will then comment on 2 posts written by Group 1 members. Use their analysis as a jumping off point to discuss your ideas about these websites, or bring up another article published by a site, or (respectfully, of course) disagree with your classmate’s conclusions and offer another take. Comments are due Monday, February 13th at 5pm.

Reading due for class February 10

Click through these websites, all that market toward women with feminist identities:


The Toast

The Hairpin

The Establishment


Bitch Media

The Mary Sue

Each website has a different audience and perspective, and you will probably like some of these over others. Spend some time familiarizing yourself with their content and the way they market themselves, and then come to class ready to discuss how we identify feminists, how feminists identify themselves, and how feminism interacts with other identities.