Feminist analysis

Creative Project. Create a poem, song, piece of art, short film or anything else that elaborates a theme from this class.

Examines constructions of gender and sexuality in popular culture. Feminist analysis of the ways in which social relations of gender, race and sexuality have been conceptualized and experienced in relation to the institutions, technologies, practices and representations of popular culture.

please read carefully the hyperlink below

read the book Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay

. Introduction: course themes, syllabus, expectations.

Does pop culture matter? Questions we will be asking. What moves you? Are we bad feminists if we like pop culture?


Roxanne Gay, Feminism (n): Plural

Video: The Movement

May 3rd:

2. What is popular culture? What are representations and narratives? Understanding Cultural Appropriation


Sarah Hunt, An Open Letter to my Local Hipsters HYPERLINK \”https://www.mediaindigena.com/sarah-hunt/issues-and-politics/an-open-letter-to-my-local-hipsters\” https://www.mediaindigena.com/sarah-hunt/issues-and-politics/an-open-letter-to-my-local-hipsters

Stuart Hall, The Spectacle of the Other.

Video: Taylor Swift Shake it Off, Britney Spears Slumber Party The 1491s Im an Indian Too

Video: bell hooks, Eating the Other

3. Capitalism and Culture: Its all about the money!


Susie OBrien, Imre Szeman, Popular Culture: A Users Guide, Chapter Four, The Production of Popular Culture

Film clip: Crazy, Stupid, Love

Video: Ariana Grande, Side to Side

Film: Killing Us Softly 4

4. Feminist Cultural Critique: Intersectional Critique and the Feminist Killjoy


Sara Ahmed, Feminist Killjoys

Katie Milestone & Anneke Meyer, Representing Women

Roxanne Gay, How to Be Friends with Another Woman, Girls, Girls, Girls

Music and Video: Miley Cyrus Wrecking Ball, Nicki Minaj Anaconda

Video: Sometimes Youre a Caterpillar

Spoken Word: Denise Frohman, Accents

**Your Problematic Fave Assignment Due in Class

5. From Beyonce to #BlackLivesMatter: Black Culture and Black Resistance


bell hooks, Gansta CultureSexism and Misogyny: Who will take the rap? Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, From #blacklivesmatter to Black Liberation, Chapter 7.

Roxanne Gay, The Politics of Respectability, A Tale of Two Profiles

Video: W. Kamau Bell How do you know it was Racism?

Film/Video: Beyonce, Formation, clips from Lemonade

6. Love, Sex, Violence and Popular Culture

J. Jack Halberstam, from Gaga Feminism

Dean Spade, For Lovers and Fighters

Jill Filipovic, Offensive Feminism: The Conservative Gender Norms that Perpetuate Rape Culture, and How Feminists Can Fight Back from Yes Means Yes

Roxanne Gay, The Careless Language of Sexual Violence

Web series: Unicornland

Film: Vivek Shraya, What I LOVE about being QUEER

Film: from Friends With Benefits

Video: Carrie Underwood, Before He Cheats, Beyonce Hold Up

Guest Lecture: Meg Peters

7. Whats Normal I: Embodiment, Gender, Ability and Representation


Eli Clare, The Mountain from Exile and Pride

Julia Serrano, Skirt Chasers: Why the Media Depicts the Trans Revolution in Lipstick and Heels

Video: Viktoria Modesta, Sick Kids Hospital Video

Video and Discussion: Sins Invalid, HYPERLINK \”https://www.sinsinvalid.org/\” https://www.sinsinvalid.org/

Krip-Hop: HYPERLINK \”https://kriphopnation.com/\” https://kriphopnation.com/

Video: Laverne Cox and Janet Mock

June 5th:

8. Whats Normal II: Embodiment, Gender, Representation

Guest Lecture: Celeste Orr

9. Prisons and Popular Culture


Roxanne Gay, When Less is More

Film: Visions of Abolition: From Critical Resistance to a New Way of Life

TV: Orange is the New Black

10. Indigenous Cultures in the Time of Standing Rock: Remix and Resistance

Lecture and Discussion: Standing Rock protests and the cultural implications

Film and Art: Kent Monkman

Music and Video: Tribe Called Red, Leanne Simpson, JB the First Lady

**Blog Assignment Due in Class

June 7th:

11. Online Culture WTF!

Online Life and the Impact of Social Media


Roxanne Gay, When Twitter Does What Journalism Cannot

Lindy West, Ive Left Twitter HYPERLINK \”https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jan/03/ive-left-twitter-unusable-anyone-but-trolls-robots-dictators-lindy-west\” https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jan/03/ive-left-twitter-unusable-anyone-but-trolls-robots-dictators-lindy-west

Class debate:

Online dating: Helpful or Harmful!

The Internet Has Ruined Our Lives vs The Internet is The Best!


12. Fat Feminism and Beauty for Sale

Caleb Luna On being Fat, Brown, Femme, Ugly and Unlovable HYPERLINK \”https://www.bgdblog.org/2014/07/fat-brown-femme-ugly-unloveable/\” https://www.bgdblog.org/2014/07/fat-brown-femme-ugly-unloveable/

Lindsay King-Miller, Pretty Unnecessary HYPERLINK \”https://bitchmedia.org/article/pretty-unnecessary-beauty-body-positivity?utm_content=buffer813be&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer\” https://bitchmedia.org/article/pretty-unnecessary-beauty-body-positivity?utm_content=buffer813be&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Lindy West, My wedding was perfect and I was fat as hell the whole time HYPERLINK \”https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/jul/21/my-wedding-perfect-fat-woman\” https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/jul/21/my-wedding-perfect-fat-woman
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