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SOCY 2600 / WGST 3420 Gender and Society: About


This website serves as an online platform for my course SOCY 2600 / WGST 3420 "Gender and Society."

The site provides students with free access to the course material. In unit I, we (attempt to) define gender and sex. In unit II, we study landmark feminist struggles in the United States. In unit III, we zoom-in into lived experiences of oppression and resistance.

Did you know that Brooklyn College offers free counseling services for students or that you can borrow a tablet or a laptop from the library? Under the tab "Resources" you will find a list of useful services available on campus for students. You can also check out a series of tips and tutorials about academic writing and download the syllabus for the course.

There are many inspiring events taking place at CUNY this semester. The tab "outside the classroom" will be updated on regular basis to reflect this exciting programming. Consider using this space to make announcements about your own student-led initiatives.

By the end of the Fall semester 2019, the site will publish the public-facing, multimedia projects created by the students enrolled in the course. Come back by then to check their work!

I developed this site with the support of the Brooklyn College Library as part of an initiative to encourage the use of Open Educational Resources (OER) at CUNY. You can read more about this initiative under the tab "OER" on this site.

I hope that you will find this site useful.

Contact me with questions and remarks:


The artwork featured in the site banner was created by artist Zeina Hamady. It is reproduced with the permission of the artist.


What is the connection between the classroom and the larger world?

Image attributions: GC Advocate, Black and Latino students and community members proudly march on City College demanding Open Admissions and Black Women and Asian Studies Departments,1969, Archives, The City College of New York, CUNY

Would Simone de Beauvoir have attended a baby gender-reveal party?

Image attributions: "The baby gender-reveal party trend is out of control" (credits: Istockphoto)

How many sexes are there?

Image attributions: Anne Fausto Sterling New York Times, March 12, 1993

Why do we know so little about the female body?

Image attributions: The world’s first open-source, anatomically correct, printable 3D clitoris is here, and it will be used for sex education in French schools, from primary to secondary level, from September. Retrived from: Photograph: Marie Docher/Company Handout

Why is Olympic Gold winner Caster Semenya not allowed to compete?

Image Attribution: AFP, Getty Images. South Africa’s Caster Semenya Celebrates Gold in the Women’s 800m Final. August 13, 2017. Evening Standard.

Who was (really) Sojourner Truth?

Image attributions: Carte-de-visite of Sojourner Truth, CA. 1866 Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, retrieved from

"Do Muslim Women Really Need Saving?"

Image attributions: GIF by Erin McPhee retrieved from: "Book Review: Lila Abu-Lughod’s Do Muslim Women Need Saving?"

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