Good Luck, Farewell, and Final Papers

Hi All,

So concludes The Politics of Sexuality.  I hope you found some new ways of thinking about the way society constructs identities for certain groups or bodies, how those groups or bodies resist or accept such identities, and overall how studying gender, sexuality, class, ability, geography, and race/ethnicity has developed over the years. I hope you found the class, the readings, the questions, and the discussions as a bit of a stretch intellectually (maybe personally) in our wrestling with different concepts or the authors who presented them.

Again, there’s no on Wednesday this week, as today’s class was the last time we’ll meet.  Your five to seven (5 – 7) page final paper is due via email Wednesday, December 21st by 12am (00:00).  Your paper should be double spaced with 1in. margins, in Times New Roman size 12pt font, in MLA format, with a Works Cited page with at least five (5) references. (For most of these specs, I believe they are the default in Microsoft Word/Open Office with a bit of tweaking.)  Follow this link if you need to see the three essay questions again.  Please note that if you have a draft you’d like more help with, you can email me regarding your draft until Wednesday, December 14th.

I’ll post your very last Online Response, open from today’s posting until Friday at 12am, in a moment.

It’s been fun and enlightening teaching you and I wish you the best of luck in your professional and personal endeavors.

Monday’s Class

Hi All,

I’ll be posting an Online Response in a moment along with a reading for Monday.

Class on Monday will be halved – the first half covering the last reading, the second half a peer review in which I’ll include myself.  So please bring the drafts you’ve completed up to this point with a third draft that has at least one (1) new paragraph.  This will give you three drafts of your final paper that have been reviewed, something I hope will help you better compose your thoughts and compile textual support as you wrap up your final.  Again, please note you can send drafts to me up to the 14th.

Back to Your Regularly Scheduled Programming

Hi All,

I really hope that the Writing Workshop/Peer Review helped you in sorting out thoughts, articulating your ideas (in talking to your reviewers and in your drafts), and generally gave you an glimpse at what some critiques of your papers may look like.  You’ll get them back on Monday with my questions/comments, and we can discuss those then.

I’ll post readings and an Online Response shortly.

Peer Review

Hi All,

Really good job on the peer review – I’ve been reading your comments and suggestions to each other, and many of you made excellent points or recommendations.  You’ll note check marks where I agreed with your peer reviewer when you get your drafts back on Wednesday.

Remember that for Wednesday you need your edited draft with the solo part of the peer review.

The final paper is due Wednesday, December 21st by midnight there is no final exam.  Instructors are given a week to grade, if your paper is late, I can’t grade it.

Final Paper First Draft

Hi All,

Please find three final paper topics below.  Again, a draft that has at least four paragraphs, 1.5 spacing, 1 inch margins is due when we meet after the upcoming holiday break, November 28th, as a paper copy you can share in class.  Should you like to pursue a paper topic of your own, please send me an abstract.

The final paper is cumulative, meaning that it reflects all that you’ve learned in the class.  In its entirety, your paper will be five to seven pages, double spaced, with 1 inch margins.  Your paper is an expression of how you understand the various ideas and theories presented by the authors.  As such, you’ll need at least five references.  Please keep in mind that you are welcome use texts not read in class, but they need to demonstrate some academic worth.  Should you have any questions about the source you’d like to use, please ask.

1.  We’ve talked at length about deviance in the context of sexuality –  deviant acts, bodies, or philosophies.  Is deviance still an applicable category in our contemporary moment?  In what context?  To whom/what does it still apply?  Who/what affixes that label?

2.  Choose one film to pair with a set (two or three) of readings.  Please note – each week of reading has had a theme.  However, this does not mean that you have to choose texts that were read together.  Place the film and the texts in conversation with each other: how does the film’s thesis fit with the readings?  Do they share anticipated audiences?  Are the same problems/solutions identified?  How do they compliment and/or clash with each other?  Are they (the film and the readings) attempting to advance a particular politics?
(I’ve provided a Critical Film/TV Worksheet under Rubrics to guide you as you watch your film of choice.  Remember, this is not asking you for a film review, it is asking you to engage the film alongside the academic texts you’ve read.)

Film choices: Kids, Paris is Burning, The Celluloid Closet, or Indie Sex: Teens

(Note: these are IMDB links.)

3.  While the class is titled The Politics of Sexuality, it could very well be called The Politics of Gender, as so much of what we’ve covered is not necessarily sexual – hair, penile implants, methods of education.  What else do you feel needs inclusion in an undergraduate class covering the politics of sexuality/gender?
(Please note this question would require outside research, but you’re not limited to the articles/books you may find via the libraries.  Films/TV shows/Youtube videos, blogposts, and the like are acceptable, provided they have some critical analysis.  Limit yourself to no more than seven outside sources.)

Extra Credit

Hi All,

For this extra credit assignment, you have two options.

Option One: You can provide me with proof that you voted (examples include – a picture of you with an “I Voted” sticker/ribbon/pin, you in front of your voting district, a voting receipt, etc.  DO NOT TAKE A PICTURE OF YOUR BALLOT, THAT’S ILLEGAL!)

Option Two: A one-page, double spaced paper on how you see something in this class at work in this election.  Think about the academic words that get thrown around in your articles, terms like hegemony and intersectionality.  How do you see one or both of the candidates interact with your chosen term/idea?

This will be due November 16th, a Wednesday.  Successful completion will earn an A/50/50.


  1. Are children sexual beings?
  2. How do you see institutions respond to the sexual education of children?
  3. Does deviance apply to children?