I uploaded detailed instructions as an attachment. There are two questions for this assignment, and each question’s response should be approximately 275 words. The paper requires in-paragraph citations, but does not require a works sited section.
In English, there are multiple expressions that reinforce masculine gender norms and binaristic thinking about gender roles in society. The expression “be a man” comes to mind as does “boys don’t cry,” in addition to many others. Such language can have violent and traumatic impacts on children and young people who may then feel that their experience of gender doesn’t match up with powerful and oppressive social and cultural norms.
Drawing on the readings and videos this week, choose one expression you’re familiar with in English.
Analyze that expression through the critical feminist lenses you’ve been learning about this week. Use the following questions to guide your analysis:
• In what social and cultural situations is this expression used? For example, have you heard it at athletic events, at family gatherings, in classes?
• Who or what does the expression refer to?
• What message does the expression send about masculine gender norms?
• In what ways is that message not only about gender, but also about race, class, sexuality, (dis)ability, and other social systems?
• What ideas from the readings and videos do you find helpful in seeking to understand this expression?
Paper should be between 250 and 300 words long. The paper should demonstrate ability to make connections between course readings and materials on the one hand and thoughts and insights about masculinities on the other.
You must make reference to at least 3 of the learning resources listed in the attached materials. However, you should not include entire quotes from the resources. Whenever you refer to a reading or other materials, use parenthetical citations including the author’s last name and the page number that you’re referring to, for example, (Hearn 55). If there is no page number (i.e., in a video), just use the title of the source, e.g., (Crenshaw, “The Urgency of Intersectionality”).
Research an activist organization or advocacy group that is working to transform dominant forms of masculinity as they relate to gender norms, race, sexuality, class, and other social systems. Although the group or organization you focus on should be based in the U.S., their work should connect to contemporary global issues related to masculinities such as globalization, labor organizing, ending gender-based violence, environmental degradation and climate change, prison abolition, etc.
Create a poster (in PowerPoint) that showcases the organization or group you researched and demonstrate knowledge of the strategies the group has developed to challenge and transform dominant masculinities.
The research poster represents a visual synthesis of thoughts and research on the organization or group that you focus on in your project. As a visual aid, your poster should gather together photos, artwork, graphics, and other images to illustrate your research and the strategies that your group or organization relies on to transform masculinities.
Your poster must contain the following components:
1. a title
2. the name and geographic location(s) where your group or organization is active
3. a brief summary of the history of the group or organization, the people and communities involved, and the cultural and political context in which they work
4. a discussion of 3 strategies that your group or organization relies on and how they deploy those strategies in their efforts to transform dominant forms of masculinity
In addition to the poster, create a 2-page report (intended to be read as a speech) to present research conducted on the organization.
Also include works cited.
(Note: PowerPoint has templates for research posters.)