scifiroots: (Dear diary)
So I've taken down the vast majority of my posters and my door is bare (sad!). My microwave, tv stand, and fridge have all been sold. There are full boxes and milk crates in my room. Yeah, it's preparation to move. Less than 48 more hours in Iowa, if that's believeable... holy moley.

I looked up my grades and I rocked my last semester with all A's! In fact, my GPA went back to what it'd been before last semester's. So I definitely managed to stay in the cum laude range. =) I'm really, really happy about that. And tomorrow at the honors convocation I get my certification and $100 for my prize-winning essay. >^,,^< Whee! Then Sunday AM I graduate. Holy crap, man.

I am kinda sore, pretty tired, and hungry. The latter will be taken care of shortly as my mom and one of our family friends has gotten into town. Yay for Panera's! Salad/sandwich sounds soooo nummy right now. =)

Anyway, can't believe this is the end of my undergrad career. Sheesh.

scifiroots: fruit loops = gay cheerios (Gay cheerios)
Taking a time-out to post this since there's some people on my flist interested. (And I'm down to only two more papers, hallelujah!!)

Seminar: Gender reading list
*Kramer, Laura. 2004. The sociology of gender: A brief introduction. (Pretty general book, we only read sections of it.)
*Salzinger, Leslie. 2003. Genders in production. (Maqueladoras in Juarez, Mexico; gender and its connection to out-of-country work. Interesting, but is it definitely an academic text.)
*Craig, Maxine L. 2002. Ain't I a beauty queen?: Black women, beauty, and the politics of race. (I liked this one quite a bit. Interesting text we used to study social movements. Talks a heck of a lot about reframing the idea of beauty standards and in particular looks at hair - straightening, "the natural," the afro...)
*Bumiller, Kristin. 2008. In an abusive state: How neoliberalism appropriated the feminist movement against sexual violence. (I'll post my paper in full for this... I am actually selling this back - the only soc book in 4 years that I am. I had a really, really hard time dealing with this book. In many ways it's graphic... but like, a personal level graphic. I felt like it was ripping into me. What frustrated most of our class is Bumiller's tone. And she offers no suggestions for possible solutions or what a better system would look like.)
*Pascoe, C.J. 2007. Dude, you're a fag: Masculinity and sexuality in high school. (Yes, it is as good as the title suggests. Really interesting and you get a very in-depth understanding and frame to consider the label of "fag.")

Topics: Soc of Sexuality
* Ed. Kimmel, Michael S. & Plante, Rebecca F. 2004. Sexualities: Identities, behaviors, and society. (It's a reader with tons of articles on a bunch of subjects. Certainly there are better articles than others, but I did like the book. I couldn't read all of Freud, though, because he just pisses me off.)
*Schwartz, Pepper, & Rutter, Virginia. The gender of sexuality. (A fairly general text but has some good chapters. mostly we used it for beginning the latest subject.)
Ingraham, Chrys. (2007? '08?) White Weddings. (This is FABULOUS. Though some people got upset because depending on how you read it you can get really guilty feeling about making elaborate wedding plans. Or get depressed. But the book is fascinating. Ingraham goes into the "heterosexual imaginary" and how widespread the idea of the wedding is. Good god, look what all its used to sell! Fascinating.)
*Nagel, Joane. Race, ethnicity, and sexuality: Intimate intersections, forbidden frontiers. (A good book with a lot of interesting material. We've been using this book primarly the last month and a half of school. Talks about Othering, Eroticizing, how we think of Others as exotic... goes into sex and gender as weapons in war; sex tourism; and more things on home shores.)
*Tiefer, Leonore. Sex is not a natural act & other essays. (While the book isn't quite as wonderful as its title, there are some very interesting things in here. Tiefer is a sexologist and femininist. She uses some of her presentation speeches and old columns and they're interesting to read. I don't always agree with her, she's frequently a little more radical than I care for. But still a lot of good material and interesting things to think about.)

Okay, there's the reading list! I will try to back up/bookmark the various articles we had assigned as well as videos from online. Off the top of my head I'll guide you to "Tough Guise," which is really easy to find on YouTube. I know there's a couple people who have the whole documentary up in nine parts. I still haven't seen the full thing, but it's fascinating.

Ta, all. I'll got my sexuality paper to finish and then my article about working wiht ESL students.

scifiroots: (Zombies)
For Monsters in Film class, a final analysis paper on independent viewing. I chose Resident Evil: Degeneration since I've been on an RE kick since last semester and it's a pretty straight-forward film to work on through the various assignments.
masculinity, femininity... desexualization? )

scifiroots: (Zombies)
Final papers... eww, hate them. My most important one isn't terribly complicated, but since I keep putting it off, I feel like I need to get the ones I don't care about out of the way. Luckily the one that's already got a reasonable start as a rough draft is the first one due. So I'm gonna get that sucker done tonight/now. It's on Resident Evil: Degeneration (cgi film) for my Monsters in Film class. The theme I'm writing on is gender presentation (indeed, my only non- sexuality/gender class and my final paper goes into the territory).

In any case, I'm still debating what I want to say about the women - Claire Redfield and Angela Miller. There's the possibility to argue that Claire is actually desexualized. That bothers me for some reason and I'm not sure whether I want to go there or not. What's so far written into the paper is about the four male characters of the film - Downing, Davis, Curtis, and Leon. While I rope Downing and Davis into a similar loop and Curtis not far beyond, the four men are actually fairly distinct in their own little circles. I'm not concerned about fleshing them out much more, though. Like I said, I really don't care about these last papers. I've got a solid A in the class and as long as I don't get below a B on the paper I'm fine. Even if I failed it (which would be impossible at this point) the end result won't effect my GPA. Um, yeah. Graduating and having a GPA that gets me cum laude is all I care about in my general classes...

It's practicum that has me a little worried. But that's a longer story and probably not so important for y'all. =p I'll get to work now. Ta!

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