“how [their] life relates to the conditions of gender inequality and gender differentiation”
What would happen if students submitted a paper with only the word “male” or “female” on it?
The College Fix reports:
NYU class has students write a ‘gender autobiography’
A sociology class at New York University requires students to write a “gender autobiography,” a paper in which the students will show “how [their] life relates to the conditions of gender inequality and gender differentiation.”
The class, “(Sociology of) Sex and Gender,” taught by instructor Robert Max Jackson, explores “gender distinctions [that] permeate the institutions, opportunities, and ideas around us.”
“Through reading and discussion, and through critically examining our own lives, we will build our analytical tools to understand and talk about sex inequality knowledgeably and perceptively. We will also try to expand our general skills in theoretical criticism and social analysis,” the course’s website states.
Central to the class is the course term paper: Every student must write a “gender (auto)biography” in which students are given the opportunity to “make sense of your life–past, present, and future–as influenced by your gender.”
“At the end of the course, you will submit a gender social biography that shows how your life relates to the conditions of gender inequality and gender differentiation, using a range of materials from the class.”
According to the assignment’s guidelines: “The main idea here is simply that ‘gender identity’ is not a simple, singular quality. Rather, it is the combination of many personal characteristics and dispositions that we think of as differing between the typical woman and typical man. Furthermore, our gender identity is not only changeable over time, but may vary by context or by the point of view of the person evaluating it.”
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