UNIT 1 – POSTWAR MISOGYNY
Powerpoint: Course Introduction
2/16: Freudian Misogyny
Kendra Cherry, “Freud’s Perspective on Women,” Verywell.com, September 18, 2014.
George Dvorsky, “Why Freud Still Matters When He Was Wrong about Almost Everything,” Gizmodo August 7, 2013.
Marynia Farnham and Ferdinand Lundberg, Modern Woman: The Lost Sex (1947), excerpts.
Philip Wylie, “Common Women,” in Generation of Vipers (1942), excerpt.
Herman N. Bundesen, “The Overprotective Mother,” [reprinted from LHJ 67(March 1950), 250] in Ladd-Taylor and Umansky, ed., Bad Mothers The Politics of Blame in Twentieth-Century America (1998), 268-270.
Powerpoint: Freud, Penis Envy, and Momism
2/21: Gender, Race, and Misogyny in Postwar Popular Film
Prior to today’s class, please watch the 1959 film version of Imitation of Life (Douglas Sirk, 1959). A copy is on reserve at Davis Family Library. Middlebury’s copy also contains the 1934 black-and-white film version starring Claudette Colbert – DO NOT WATCH THIS! WATCH THE 1959 FILM!
Please read two of the following three essays:
Lucy Fischer, “Three-Way Mirror: Imitation of Life,” in Fischer, ed., Imitation of Life (Rutgers, 1991), 3-28. My apologies for the odd formatting!
Powerpoint: Imitation of Life
UNIT 2 – SECOND-WAVE FEMINISM
2/23: Second-Wave Feminists Theorize Misogyny
Andrea Dworkin, “Misogyny,” in Mankiller et al., ed., The Reader’s Companion to U.S. Women’s History (Houghton Mifflin, 1998).
Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale (1985), Sections I-IV (Chapters 1-12).
2/28: Antifeminist Perspectives on the Women’s Liberation Movement
From Antifeminism in America, vol. 3 (1997):
Anita Bryant, “Lord, Teach Me To Submit,” , 73-80.
Phyllis Schlafly, “Excerpts from The Power of the Positive Woman,” , 101-113.
Jerry Falwell, “The Feminist Movement,” , 136-150.
Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale, Sections V-VIII (Chapters 13-23).
3/2: Anti-Pornography Feminism and The Handmaid’s Tale
Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale, Sections IX-XII, 143-255.
Robin Morgan, “Theory and Practice: Pornography and Rape” (1974).
Powerpoint: Pornography and The Handmaid’s Tale
3/7: “Denay, Nunavit”: Feminist Storytelling and The Handmaid’s Tale
Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale, Sections XIII-XV, Historical Notes.
Amanda Howell, “Breaking Silence, Bearing Witness, and Voicing Defiance: The Resistant Female Voice in the Transmedia Storyworld of The Handmaid’s Tale,” Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, (January 23, 2019), 1–14.
Powerpoint: The Handmaid’s Tale and Storytelling
3/7: Email Film Essays to me by the end of day on Monday, March 7.
UNIT 3: POST-FEMINISM
Prior to today’s class, please watch Fatal Attraction (Stanley R. Jaffe, et al, 1987). A copy is on reserve at Davis Family Library.
Susan Faludi, “Introduction: Blame It on Feminism” and “Man Shortages and Barren Wombs,” in Backlash (1991).
Katha Pollitt, “’Fetal Rights’: A New Assault on Feminism,” in Ladd-Taylor and Umansky, ed., Bad Mothers: The Politics of Blame in Twentieth-Century America (1998), 285-298.
Powerpoint: Fatal Attraction, Fetal Rights
3/14: Misogyny in a Post-Feminist Era
Kristin J. Anderson, Modern Misogyny: Anti-Feminism in a Post-Feminist Era (2015), 1-49, 74-105.
3/16: Racializing Welfare: The Controlling Image of the ‘Welfare Queen’
Patricia Hill Collins, “Get Your Freak on: Sex, Babies, and Images of Black Femininity,” Black Sexual Politics (2004), 119-148.
Premilla Nadasen, “From Widow to ‘Welfare Queen’: Welfare and the Politics of Race,” Black Women, Gender and Families, Vol. 1, No. 2 (Fall 2007), pp. 52-77.
Anonymous, “Having a Baby Inside Me Is the Only Time I’m Really Alive” (1965) in Harriet Siegerman, ed., The Columbia Documentary History of American Women Since 1941 (2007), 157-58.
Powerpoint: Images of Black Working-Class Womanhood
WEEK 6: Spring Vacation
3/28: Stigmatizing Poverty
Vivyan C. Adair, “Branded with Infamy: Inscriptions of Poverty and Class in the United States.” Signs 27, no. 2 (2002): 451–71.
Jennifer A. Sandlin, Jennie Stearns, Julie Garlen Maudlin, and Jake Burdick, “’Now I Ain’t Sayin’ She a Gold Digger’: Wal-Mart Shoppers, Welfare Queens, and Other Gendered Stereotypes of Poor Women in the Big Curriculum of Consumption,” Cultural Studies ↔ Critical Methodologies 11:5(2011), 464–482
George Will, “Mothers Who Don’t Know How,” [reprinted from Suddenly: The America Idea Abroad and at Home (1990)], in Ladd-Taylor and Umansky, ed., Bad Mothers, 280-282.
Powerpoint: Stigmatizing Poverty, Policing Consumption
3/30: Targeting Disabled Women
Nancy Smith, Sandra Harrell, and Amy Judy, “How Safe are Americans with Disabilities? The facts about violent crime and their implications,” Center on Victimization and Safety, Project Vera [brief fact sheet]
Powerpoint: Feminist Disability Studies Retheorizes Misogyny
4/4: Misogyny and Settler Colonialism
Ashley Noel Mack, and Tiara R. Na’puti, “‘Our Bodies Are Not Terra Nullius’: Building a Decolonial Feminist Resistance to Gendered Violence.” Women’s Studies in Communication 42, no. 3 (July 3, 2019): 347–70.
Andrea Smith, “Sexual Violence as a Tool of Genocide,” in Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide (2005), 7-34.
Please also peruse the following website: Murdered & Missing Indigenous Women (Native Women’s Wilderness)
4/6: Misogyny and War: Torture Porn
Mary Ann Tetreault, “The Sexual Politics of Abu Ghraib: Hegemony, Spectacle, and the Global War on Terror,” Feminist Formations, 18:3 (Fall 2006), 33-50.
Powerpoint: Misogyny and State Violence
4/8: Post final project topic statement, research questions, and preliminary bibliography to your blog by the end of the day on Friday.
UNIT 4: MISOGYNY TODAY
Discuss topics, research questions, and preliminary bibliography for final project/essay. (See requirements page for details.)
Moya Bailey, Misogynoir Transformed: Black Women’s Digital Resistance (NYU, 2021), 1-34.
Kelly Macias, “Sisters in the Collective Struggle”: Sounds of Silence and Reflections on the Unspoken Assault on Black Females in Modern America,” Cultural Studies – Critical Methodologies 15:4 (2015), 260–265.
Crunk Feminist Collection, excerpts:
Brittney C. Cooper, Susana M. Morris, and Robin Boylorn, “Introduction,” 9-12
Aisha Durham, “Do we need a body count to count? Notes on the serial murders of Black women,” 22-24
Brittney C. Cooper, “Refereeing Serena: racism, anger, and US (Women’s) tennis,” 45-47
Brittney C. Cooper, “SlutWalks vs. Ho Strolls,” 51-54
Eesha Pandit, “Reproductive injustice and the ‘War on Women,’ or an ode to the intersections,” 145-148
Aisha Durham, “Sticks, stones, and microphones: a melody of misogyny,” 178-79
Passages from Bailey, Mosigynoir Transformed
Passages from Macias, “Sisters in the Collective Struggle”
Serano, “Trans Woman Manifesto,” Whipping Girl (2007).
Discuss: transgender athletes
4/17: Post an important primary source to your blog on Sunday, April 17. Include a paragraph explaining its significance within the broader context of your project.
Begin class by discussing primary sources for final project/essay.
Elías Cosenza Krell (uses they/them pronouns), “Is Transmisogyny Killing Trans Women of Color? Black Trans Feminisms and the Exigencies of White Femininity,” Transgender Studies Quarterly 4:2(May 2017), 226-242.
4/20: Men’s Rights Movement
Michael Kimmel, “White men as victims: The men’s rights movement” in Angry White Men (2017).
Alice E. Marwick & Robyn Caplan, “Drinking Male Tears: Language, the Manosphere, and Networked Harassment,” Feminist Media Studies, 18:4 (2018), 543-559.
Poweropoint: Misandry (?) and the Men’s Rights Movement
4/25: Online Misogyny
Bailey Poland, “Misogynist Movements,” Haters: Harassment, Abuse, and Violence Online (2016).
Emma Alice Jane, “‘Back to the Kitchen, Cunt’: Speaking the Unspeakable about Online Misogyny.” Continuum 28, no. 4 (July 4, 2014): 558–70.
Debbie Ging, “Alphas, Betas, and Incels: Theorizing the Masculinities of the Manosphere.” Men and Masculinities 22, no. 4 (2019): 638–57.
Powerpoint: Online Misogyny
4/27: Misogyny and Electoral Politics
Caitlin Carlson, “Misogynistic Hate Speech and Its Chilling Effect on Women’s Free Expression during the 2016 U.S. Presidential Campaign,” Journal of Hate Studies 14, no. 1 (February 27, 2019), 97–111.
Powerpoint: Misogyny and Presidential Campaigns
WEEK 12 – #MeToo and Rape Culture
5/2: #MeToo, Rape Culture, Intersectionality
Please read the following chapters in Bianca Fileborn and Rachel Loney-Howes, ed., #MeToo and the Politics of Social Change (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019):
5/3: Post your project introduction and outline to your blog on Tuesday, May 3. We will discuss these in class on Wednesday.
5/4: Discussion of Leaked Draft of Supreme Court Decision on Abortion
We will begin by discussing project introductions/outlines.
Sample Story Map: #MeToo
Here is a Story Map using a different version: Neo-Taylorism and the Low-Wage Workforce
5/9: Misogyny and Rape Culture: Chanel Miller, Brock Turner, and the Politics of Campus Sexual Assault
Powerpoint: Misogyny and Rape Culture
5/11: Reproductive Politics Today
Check-in on final projects.
Michele Goodwin, “Abortion and the Law in America: Roe v. Wade to the Present by Mary Ziegler” (Book Review), Perspectives on Politics (2021).
Powerpoint: Looking Back
FINAL PROJECTS/ESSAYS ARE DUE NO LATER THAN 5PM ON TUESDAY, MAY 24