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Gender and Society: Unit III


Part 3. situated lived experiences



Tuesday October 29: Selling Feminism (1/2)

Female bodies and the beauty industry


Beauty Redefined - Save Your Girls From Instagram Open Access Resource

Image attributions: Beauty Redefined Blog -


Kite, L. (2018, June 27). Save Your Girls From Instagram. Retrieved August 25, 2019, from Beauty Redefined website:

Peiss, K. (2011). Masks and Faces. In Hope in a jar: The making of America’s beauty culture (First University of Pennsylvania Press edition, pp. 9–17). Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.



Thursday October 31: Selling Feminism (2/2)

"Lean-In" vs. the working class



Newton, C. (2019, June 19). Bodies in Seats: “A sweatshop in America.” The Verge. Retrieved from

Williams, C. (2014). The Happy Marriage of Capitalism and Feminism. Contemporary Sociology, 43(1), 58–61. Retrieved from JSTOR.


Tuesday November 5: Trans-lives and Experiences


NYC Trans Oral History Project Open Access Resource

Image attributions: New York Public Library


NYPL Community Oral History Project. (n.d.). NYC Trans Oral History Project. Retrieved August 26, 2019, from

Serano, J. (2016). Dismantling Cissexual Privilege. In Whipping girl: A transsexual woman on sexism and the scapegoating of femininity (Second edition). Berkeley, CA: Seal Press.


Thursday November 7: Masculinities


Coates, T.-N. (2015). Selected pages. In Between the world and me (First edition, pp. 14–25, 88–95). New York: Spiegel & Grau.


Tuesday November 12: Reproductive Justice (1/2)

Obstetric violence and healing


Patricia Valoy - Doulas and Midwives of Color Are The Key to Reproductive and Birth Justice Open Access Resource

Image attributions:Praxis Center, retrieved from


McMillan Cottom, T. (2019). I Was Pregnant and in Crisis. All the Doctors and Nurses Saw Was an Incompetent Black Woman. In Thick: And Other Essays. Retrieved from

Valoy, P. (2018, July 10). Doulas and Midwives of Color Are The Key to Reproductive and Birth Justice. Retrieved August 26, 2019, from Arcus Center of Social Justice Leadership website:



Thursday November 14: Reproductive Justice (2/2)

Historical perspectives



The Electorette Podcast. (n.d.). How All Politics Became Reproductive Politics With Dr.Laura Briggs. Retrieved from

Vergès, F. (2018). On Women and their Wombs: Capitalism, Racialization, Feminism. Critical Times: Interventions in Global Critical Theory, 1(1). Retrieved from


Tuesday November 19: Migration (1/2)

US imperialism and the fabrication of the "Refugee"


Listen to the Imagine Otherwise podcast: Mimi Thi Nguyen on the imperialist US discourse of debt and freedom attached to refugees [from the beginning to 06'38] Open Access Resource

Image attributions: screenshot from Youtube,


Imagine Otherwise. (n.d.). Mimi Nguyen on Punk of Color Politics. Retrieved from

Jordan, S. R. (2009). Un/Convention(al) Refugees: Contextualizing the Accounts of Refugees Facing Homophobic or Transphobic Persecution. Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees, 26(2), 165–182.


Thursday November 21: Migration (2/2)

The deportation machine


Miriam Ticktin - The Sanctuary Movement and Women's Rights: Sister Struggles Open Access Resource

Image attributions: New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City, retrieved from


Dreby, J. (2015). Nervios: On the Threat of Deportation. In When Policies Undermine Immigrant Families. Everyday Illegal (1st ed., pp. 19–55). Retrieved from

Ticktin, M. (2017, April 29). The Sanctuary Movement and Women’s Rights: Sister Struggles. Truthout. Retrieved from


Tuesday December 3: Incarceration and Poverty (1/2)

what is at stake for women?



Richie, B. (2012). Introduction. In Arrested justice: Black women, violence, and America’s prison nation (pp. 1–22). New York: New York University Press.

Roberts, D. (2012). Prison, Foster Care, and the Systemic Punishment of Black Mothers. UCLA Law Review, (59), 1474–1500.


Thursday December 5: Incarceration and Poverty (2/2)

How do we organize?


Revolution, Survival and Poor People's Human Rights: An Interview With Cheri Honkala Open Access Resource

Image attributions: Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign

INCITE! is a network of radical feminists of color organizing to end state violence and violence in our homes and communities. Open Access Resource

Image attributions: cover of Fumbling Towards Repair by Kaba and Hassan, retrieved from


Boucher, T. (2010, October 24). Revolution, Survival and Poor People’s Human Rights: An Interview With Cheri Honkala. Truthout. Retrieved from

INCITE! (n.d.). Retrieved August 26, 2019, from INCITE! website:

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All reading responses are submitted via Blackboard the day before the class by 11:59 PM. They should be typed in 12-pt and double spaced. Additional guidelines about the format and content of the responses are available on the syllabus.

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