Women’s & gender studies and the State

Women’s & gender studies and the State. Number each of your answers to match the question number. Answer the questions in order.
You do not need to include or restate the question (but make sure your answer is numbered so we know which question you are answering!)
You do not need to write in complete sentences; it is fine to use bullet points
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See p.9 of the Syllabus for Grading Criteria


1. NYT video “National Identity is Made Up” – What is one point or example that stood out to you, and why? (25-75 words)

2. Pettman – In the first two sections (“Making the State” and “Gendered States”), Pettman discusses how the development of the modern nation-state was tied to the idea of gendered “separate spheres.” From these two sections, make two comparative lists: one for public sphere and one for private sphere. Fill in these lists, thinking about who, activities, and characteristics for each. You should have at least 5 things in each list. (2 lists, at least 5 words in each)

Women’s & gender studies

NOTE: It is optional to read most of the section “Women and the State” (pp.176-178).

3. Pettman – On p.179, Pettman bullet-points some generalizations about women and the state (and Prof. Hiemstra also lists them in the module Lecture). Choose one of these bullet points to summarize in your own words, and then give an example of this point in the world today. (25-75 words)

4. Father Knows Best clip – How does this video clip connect to the idea of separate spheres? (25-75 words)

5. Bederman reading – Bederman argues that “civilization” is a racial concept, used in the 1800s United States to justify the control of white men over men of color. How was civilization linked to Darwinian ideas of evolution to justify white men’s control? (pp.191-192) (25-75 words)

6. Bederman reading – How were ideas of gender (and masculinity vs. femininity) tied to ideas of white male supremacy and civilization (p.192)? (25-75 words)

7. Blee reading – How did the early KKK draw on ideas of gender (especially masculinity and femininity)? (pp.234-236) (25-75 words)

8. Blee reading – How did women in the KKK (after the 1920s) see their role? (pp.236end-238) (25-75 words)

9. Miss Japan video: Why was Miss Japan 2015 controversial? And explain 1-2 ways that this video connects to the themes in this module. (25-75 words)

NY times video:https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/28/world/national-identity-myth.html
Father Knows Best clip https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGxHDK_D0UE
Miss Japan challenges the norm