The first paper will be a 6-8 page (1500-2000 words) paper in which the students reflect on one of the major themes from the first half of the class. You will be required to use readings from the course and at least two outside readings. This assignment will allow students to explore one of the themes we have discussed in greater detail. You are able to talk about the intersections of gender and/or feminism with class, race, or sexuality in either the past or present day. Pick a topic and discuss how it illustrates intersectionality. This paper must have a clear thesis statement. These next 4 readings are readings from the course: 1. Rudy, Kathy. “Radical feminism, lesbian separatism, and queer theory.” Feminist Studies (2001): 191-222.
2. Rich, Adrienne Cecile. “Compulsory heterosexuality and lesbian existence (1980).” Journal of Women’s History 15.3 (2003): 11-48.
3. Foucault, Michel. The history of sexuality: The use of pleasure. Vol. 2. Vintage, 1990. 77-91.
4. Heyes, Cressida J. “Feminist solidarity after queer theory: The case of transgender.” Signs 40.1 (2014). Here are two outside readings (if you have other/better ones in mind, feel free to use yours): 1. Lesbian Nation: The Feminist Solution (Simon & Schuster, 1973) is a collection of essays written by Jill Johnston where she discusses elements of breaking off from the male-dominated institutions. 2. Transgender Surgery Isn’t the Solution. Paul McHugh. The Wall Street Journal (2014)