Precarious, Performative, Playful, Potential ... Perspectives on Sex and Gender, 2011: Our First Set of Web "Events"

Welcome. Below find a list of webpapers emerging from Precarious, Performative, Playful, Potential...Perspectives on Sex and Gender, an interdisciplinary course offered at Bryn Mawr College in Fall 2011. To conclude the first "act" of the course, "Dis/Ability and Intra-Action," students are exploring here their current understandings of what it might mean to en-able intra-actions among gender, sexuality, disability studies and/or....?

Take a look around, and feel warmly welcome to respond in the comment area available at the end of each paper. What strikes, intrigues, puzzles you...what, among your reactions, might be of interest or use to the writer, or others in the class, or others who--exploring the internet--might be in search of a thoughtful conversation about gender and sexuality studies in intra-action with other fields of study?"Descanting on Deformity:" A Gender/Disability Look at Shakespeare's Richard III
Amophrast(In)visibility with Sex, Gender, and (Dis)ability: Correcting Images
AmyMayDiffracting and Entangling System-Correcting Praxis
aybala50A Dream Within a Dream
charliePortraying the Naked Woman
chelseamClaiming the Stare: Jes Sachse and the Transformative Potential of Seeing
essietee“Y’know what they call a unicorn without a horn? A friggin’ horse.” - Disability, Sexuality, and Passing in Glee
GaviVoicing Rhetorics of Beauty
jfwright"Called Me Crazy": Insanity and Non-Normative, Butch Identities
jmorgantRedefining Difference: The Emergence of the Disability Movement
KammyFinding “Home”: The Gay Evangelical Body
Katie RandallMedical Authority in the Discourses of Disability and Transsexuality
Kim KOut of the Closet: Fashion's Influence on Gender and Sexuality
leamirella"You-Topia" And What It Means To Be At "Home".
lgleysteenNonverbal Communication as an Unclear Symbol of Gender and Identity
lwackerInter-acting with Art, Nina Berman's "marine wedding"
phenomsCulturally constructed sexuality
rachelrThe Medical Treatment of… gayness?
S. YaegerChallenging The Idea of Independence As A Desirable End
sel209Grey Matters: Age as Disability through the Lens of Sexuality
ShlomoA Modern-Day Lysistrata: Sex Strikes, Diffraction, and Enabling Disability
someshineWho was Ssehura/Sartjee/Saartje/Saat-je/Saartji/Saat-Jee/Saartjie/Sara(h) ?
venn diagramThe Perils of Passing as Explored by the Works of Frances Negrón-Muntaner and Alberto Sandoval-Sánchez


AnnaP's picture

What is the revolutionary potential of comics as a medium?

Hello classmates, professors, and visitors!

As the culmination of The Story of Evolution and the Evolution of Stories, I have created a comic in dialogue with Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics that is meant to complement his work by both demonstrating how his ideas are useful and also highlighting some things that he left out of his theory of comics as a revolutionary medium.

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Grace Hopper, Builder of Cyborgs

Grace Hopper is perhaps the most well-known pioneering figure in computer science. She coded the first compiler and is known as the “grandmother of Cobol.”[i] Her vision and drive helped spur computer innovation farther than was thought possible, and led to technologies that even she could not foresee. Her ideal of making computer use easier and more intuitive to humans was carried farther than she could have imagined by technologies like those Andy Clark speaks of in Natural Born Cyborgs.

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Chorost & a Continuation of Teknolust

Our in class conversation on Monday with author Michael Chorost's skype was certainly dynamic. Although I enjoyed the topics discussed, I found that at one point I asked the wrong question and didn't get the more appropriate one across. If I could get the chance to speak with Chorost again, I'd ask him the following:

spreston's picture

Facebook: A New Way to Construct Identity

Facebook: A New Way to Construct Identity

Hillary G's picture

Feminist Science Studies: Questions of Necessity

               I am admittedly kind of divided on the subject of feminist science studies. On the one hand, I love the idea of combining the sciences and the humanities (as I have been trying to figure out a career path that combines the two). There is definitely a place in the sciences for an examination of women’s role in developing the scientific field. We have been kept out of the highest positions in science for too long, and I admire those who are fighting to change that reality.

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Intersection of Panel Personal Practices

During this week's panel, I noticed that gender played more of an important role in the personal practices of certain individuals versus others. Individuals such as Jess Dobkin (Marina) use their bodies as an important component of their practice, while the work of other individuals such as Michelle Obama (myself) is separate yet relevant to her work. The work of the first lady is centered around an ideal or a concept of how a woman should behave. As the first lady of the United States, Michelle is expected to conduct herself in a manner that is appropriate for the wife of a president.

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Gender and history

 I was reflecting on the Top Secret Rosies documentary we saw at the BMFI. It is rather surprising in a sad way how women have always been discriminated against throughout history and until this day, gender is something we, humans have not gotten to a unanimous agreement upon in regards to equality and fairness. It goes back to the categories we tend to make, everything is categorized and put under a label, jobs, clothing, appearance, colors, wages, and decision making in some places. Top Secret rosies showed how women have played an incredible role during the war, a role they still have not been fully recognized for. Before the war, during the  war, and throughout time, women have not been treated fairly, and the world have gotten away with it.

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Knowing Margaret Sanger: Do You Have Your Information Right?

I am hopeless with technology, so I could not figure out how to embed the slideshow I made.
Here is the link - enjoy!  To go to the next slide, just click on the arrow that appear on the right of the slide.

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