Schedule (revised)


WEEK 1 – Freudian Misogyny

2/10: Introduction

Nina Renata Aron, “What Does Misogyny Look Like?” The New York Times, March 8, 2019, sec. Style.

Constance Grady, “The waves of feminism, and why people keep fighting over them, explained,”, July 20, 2018.

2/12: Freud’s Perspective on Women

Sigmund Freud, “Some Psychical Consequences of the Anatomical Distinction between the Sexes” (1925), in Beverly Clack, ed., Misogyny in the Western Philosophical Tradition: A Reader (Macmillan Press, 1999), 195-205.

Kendra Cherry, “Freud’s Perspective on Women,”, 
 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.

Optional: Jane Taylor McDonnell, “On Being the ‘Bad’ Mother of an Autistic Child,” in Ladd-Taylor and Umansky, ed., Bad Mothers The Politics of Blame in Twentieth-Century America (1998), 220-229

Discussion Questions (so far): [1] [2] [3] [4] [post your own]

Powerpoint: Freud, Penis Envy, and Momism

WEEK 2 – Postwar Mother-blaming

2/17: Momism and the Lavender Menace

Jennifer Terry, “’Momism’ and the Making of Treasonous Homosexuals,” in Ladd-Taylor and Umansky, ed., Bad Mothers The Politics of Blame in Twentieth-Century America (1998), 169-190.

Lillian Faderman, “The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name,” Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers (orig. pub. 1991), 110-122.

Powerpoint: Momism and the Lavender Scare

Discussion Question [1] [2] [3] [4] [post your own]

2/19: Imitation of Life

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.

Lucy Fischer, “Three-Way Mirror: Imitation of Life,” in Fischer, ed., Imitation of Life (Rutgers, 1991), 3-28 My apologies for the odd formatting!

“The Bad and the Beautiful” in Lucy Fischer, ed., Imitation of life, 216-218.

Marina Heung, “’What’s the Matter with Sarah Jane?’: Daughters and Mothers in Douglas Sirk’s Imitation of Life,” Cinema Journal, 26:3 (Spring, 1987), 21-43.

Powerpoint: Imitation of Life

Discussion Question [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [post your own]



WEEK 3: Theorizing and Documenting Misogyny

2/24: 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).

Kate Millett, “Theory of Sexual Politics” (1970), 23-58.

Redstockings Manifesto (1969).

NOW Statement of Purpose (1966).

Audre Lorde, “The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House” (1979)

Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale (1985), Sections I-IV (Chapters 1-12).

Powerpoint: Radical Feminists Define Misogyny – Atwood Responds

Discussion Question [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [post your own]

2/26: Antifeminist Contexts

From Antifeminism in America, vol. 3 (1997):

Marabel Morgan, “Excerpts from The Total Woman,” [1970], 51-73.

Anita Bryant, “Lord, Teach Me To Submit,” [1972], 73-80.

Phyllis Schlafly, “Excerpts from The Power of the Positive Woman,” [1977], 101-113.

Jerry Falwell, “The Feminist Movement,” [1980], 136-150.

Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale, Sections V-VIII (Chapters 13-23).

Powerpoint: Contextualizing The Handmaid’s Tale: Antifeminist Perspectives

Discussion Question [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [post your own]

WEEK 4: The Handmaid’s Tale and Pornography

3/2: Atwood’s Critique of Anti-Pornography Feminism

Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale, Sections IX-XII, 143-255.

Robin Morgan, “Theory and Practice: Pornography and Rape” (1974).

Ann Snitow, “Retrenchment vs. Transformation” (1983) — explicit version available here.

Powerpoint:  Pornography and The Handmaid’s Tale

Discussion Question [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [post your own]

3/4: Anti-censorship Feminists and Atwood’s Sexual Politics

Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale, Chapters XIII-XV, Historical Notes.

Atwood, “What ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Means in the Age of Trump.” The New York Times, March 10, 2017, sec. Book Review.

Powerpoint: The Handmaid’s Tale and Storytelling 

Discussion Question [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [post your own]


WEEK 5: Backlash

3/9: Backlash

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.

recommended, not required:  Christina Hoff Sommers, Who Stole Feminism? (1994), excerpt.

Powerpoint:  Fatal Attraction, Fetal Rights

Discussion Question [1] [2] [3] [4] [pick a passage]

3/11: Misogyny after the Second Wave

Kristin J. Anderson, Modern Misogyny: Anti-Feminism in a Post-Feminist Era (2015), 1-49, 74-105.

Powerpoint: Modern Misogyny, Embedded Feminism, Enlightened Sexism

Discussion Question [1] [2] [3] [4] [pick a passage]


WEEK 8: Race, Class, and the Welfare Queen

3/30: Black Women and Welfare

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

Discussion Question [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [pick a passage]

4/1: 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

Discussion Question [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [pick a passage]

WEEK 9: Stigmatizing Disability / Misogyny and State Power

4/6:  Targeting Disabled Women

Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, “Re-shaping, Re-thinking, Re-defining: Feminist Disability Studies” (Center for Women Policy Studies, 2001).

Violence Against People with Disabilities Occurs at Alarming Rates

Examined Life Judith Butler & Sunaura Taylor, Aug 27, 2011.

4/8: Misogyny, Race, and State Violence

Andrea Smith, “Sexual Violence as a Tool of Genocide,” in Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide (2005), 7-34.

Gloria Anzaldúa,”We Call Them Greasers” and “To Live in the Borderlands Means You” from Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza (1987).

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

Discussion Question [1] [2] [3] [4] [pick a passage]


WEEK 10: Misogynoir / Trans-misogyny / Transmisogynoir

4/13: Misogynoir

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), 260–264

Moya Bailey, “Misogynoir in Medical Media: On Caster Semenya and R. Kelly,” Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience, 2:2(2016), 1-31.

Shanita Hubbard, “Opinion: Russell Simmons, R. Kelly, and Why Black Women Can’t Say #MeToo.” The New York Times, December 15, 2017.

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

Powerpoint: Misogynoir

Discussion Questions [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [pick a passage]

4/15:  Trans-misogyny / Trans-misogynior

Julia Serano, Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive (2013), chapters 5-6. 

Serano, “Trans Woman Manifesto,” Whipping Girl (2007). 

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.

Powerpoint:  Transmisogyny

Discussion Questions [1] [2] [3] [4] [pick a passage]

WEEK 11: Men’s Rights, Online Misogyny, and Hillary-Haters

4/20:  Men’s Rights Movement / Online Misogyny

Paul Elam, “Why I don’t care what you think about my style,” 
January 30, 2018.

Michael Kimmel, “White men as victims: The men’s rights movement” in Angry White Men (2017).

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.

Anita Sarkeesian, Tropes vs. Women in Video Games (online video series).  Here is one example and another.

Look at misogynist hashtags on social media (e.g., #Feminazis).

Powerpoint:  Men’s Rights Movement and Online Misogyny

Discussion Questions [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [pick a passage]

4/22: Misogyny and Electoral Politics

Karrin Vasby Anderson
, “’Rhymes with Blunt’: Pornification and U.S. Political Culture,” Rhetoric and Public Affairs, Vol. 14, No. 2 (SUMMER 2011), pp. 327-368. [about 2008 election].

Jessica Ritchie, “Creating a Monster: Online media constructions of Hillary Clinton during the Democratic Primary Campaign, 2007–8,” Feminist Media Studies, 2013
Vol. 13, No. 1, 102–119

David Smith, “Why the sexist ‘likability test’ could haunt female candidates in 2020,” The Guardian, January 4, 2019. 

Kate Manne, “Warren succeeded because voters saw her as caring. That’s also why she failed,” Washington Post, March 6, 2020.

Cristina López, “Sexist right-wing smear against Kamala Harris moves from the fever swamps to Fox,” Media Matters, Jan. 1, 2019.

MSNBC Interrupts Hillary Clinton’s Speech To Complain About Her Voice

Powerpoint:  Misogyny and Presidential Campaigns

Discussion Questions [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [post an example] [pick a passage]

WEEK 12 – #MeToo and Trumpism

4/27: #MeToo, Rape Culture, Intersectionality

Jan Ransom, “Harvey Weinstein’s Stunning Downfall: 23 Years in Prison,” New York Times, March 11, 2020.

Elena Nicolaou and Courtney E. Smith, “A #MeToo Timeline To Show How Far We’ve Come — & How Far We Need To Go,” Refinery 29, October 5, 2019.

Josephine Livingstone, “The Task Ahead for Feminism,” New Republic, November 17, 2017.

Judith Levine, “Beyond #MeToo.” New Labor Forum 27, no. 3 (September 1, 2018): 20–25.

On Tara Reade’s March 2020 allegations that Joe Biden sexually assaulted her in 1993 (recommended, not required):

Joan Walsh, “The Troublesome Tara Reade Story,” The Nation, April 15, 2020.

Katie Halper, “Tara Reade Tells Her Story [interview transcript]” Current Affairs, March 31, 2020.

Powerpoint:  #MeToo

Discussion Questions [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [pick a passage]

4/29:  Misogyny and Rape Culture:  Chanel Miller, Brock Turner, and the Politics of Campus Sexual Assault

Why Chanel Miller Decided to Come Forward and Write Her Story | NowThis (Sept. 26, 2019)

Katie J. M. Baker, “Here’s The Powerful Letter The Stanford Victim Read To Her Attacker,” BuzzFeed News, June 3, 2016.

Chanel Miller, “Chanel Miller On What Happened After Her Victim Statement Went Viral,” BuzzFeed News. October 2, 2019.

Chanel Miller and Emily Moore, “I Am With You – Chanel Miller”, September 24, 2019.

Madison Pauly, “The Largest-Ever Survey of Campus Sexual Assault Shows How Outrageously Common It Is,” Mother Jones, October 16, 2019.

AAU Releases 2019 Survey on Sexual Assault and Misconduct

Powerpoint: Misogyny and Rape Culture

Discussion Questions [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [pick a passage]

Submit topics and preliminary bibliography for digital research project or final essay (4-6 pages).  (See requirements page for details.)

WEEK 13 — Course Conclusion

5/4:  Concluding presentation

Powerpoint:  Looking Back

5/6:  Optional Zoom meeting, 2:15-3:00 PM EST

Final digital project or essay due May 19.

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