Instructor: Hoover (Fall 2006)
There are no texts to buy in the bookstore (you are now $70.00 richer--you can buy all those philosophy books, you've been just dying to read). Most course materials will be available as electronic texts through the course website. Our texts will be an assortment of materials, articles, excerpts, clippings, etc. from many different sources and will be posted throughout the term on the "Assignments" page of the course website. These texts are not to be read on-line, but are made available so that each student can print their own copy of each text and bring to class. These texts will be made available as ".pdf" files which can be read and printed by Adobe Acrobat Reader (all computers on campus should have Acrobat Reader already installed). Due to copyright issues, these texts will only be accessible on Coe's intranet.
In this course we will explore an area of philosophical study that has only recently emerged as a distinct field within philosophy (during the past twenty-five years). This field does not have very clear boundaries and can be approached in a variety of ways, it could focus on historical writings in philosophy by women which were underappreciated or it could focus on feminist criticism of traditional philosophical content. I have chosen to approach this topic in yet another way by examining several aspects of feminist “theory”. Feminist theory is, briefly, the attempt to understand and to criticize the way in which power and knowledge is structured by gender differences.
1. Gain a better understanding of the many ways in which various social groups are kept from being fully equal members of society.
Each student will be expected to attend class regularly and to have prepared the reading for each class. Occasionally there may be in-class writing exercises that pertain to the readings and which will serve as a springboard for class discussion. This class also includes a web-based discussion room (see course website), where students can pose and respond to questions related to course materials. These forms of participation all count toward a class participation grade. Class participation will be graded on the basis of student performance in four areas: attendance; prep-aration; performance on in-class assignments and quality of class participation (including on-line forums). The class participation grade will count for 15% of the course grade.
(This schedule is for planning purposes only. The actual day-to-day assignments
will be given in-class and posted on the "Daily Assignments" webpage.)
Aug. 31 Th (Course Syllabus, etc.)
Feminism: Theorizing Relations of Power and Oppression
Sept. 5 Tu Frye, “Oppression”
Sept. 7 Th McIntosh, “White Privilege and Male Privilege”
Sept. 12 Tu Young, “Five Faces of Oppression”
Sept. 14 Th McKinnon, “Feminism, Marxism, Method and the State”
Sept. 19 Tu Bartky, “Foucault, Femininity and the Modernization of Patriarchal
Sept. 21 Th (EXAM)
Gender Theory: Sex Classification and Gender Construction
Sept. 26 Tu Fausto-Sterling, “How Many Sexes Are There?” +
Angier, "New Debate Over Surgery on Genitals
Sept. 28 Th Kaplan & Rogers, “The Definition of Male and Female”
Oct. 3 Tu Holmstrom, “Do Women Have a Distinct Nature?”
Oct. 5 Th Ortner, “Is Female to Male as Nature is to Culture?”
Oct. 10 Tu Gilligan, "Women's Place in Man's Life-Cycle"
Oct. 12 Th Jaggar, "Love and Knowledge"
Oct. 17 Tu (NO CLASSES--FALL BREAK)
Oct. 19 Th Kimmel, "Masculinity as Homophobia"
Oct. 24 Tu (EXAM)
Feminisms: Diverse Social and Political Projects
Oct. 26 Th Wollstonecraft, “A Vindication of the Rights of Woman” + Stanton,
“Constitutional Argument” + Equal Rights Amendment
Oct. 31 Tu NOW, “Bill of Rights” + Norton, "Hearings on Women's Rights"
Nov. 2 Th Ferguson, "Androgyny as an Ideal for Human Development"
Nov. 7 Tu Elshtain, “Against Androgyny” + Stacey, "Are Feminists Afraid to Leave Home?"
Nov. 9 Th Rich, “Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Experience” +
Frye, “Some Reflections on Separatism and Power”
Nov. 14 Tu King, "Healing the Wounds"
Nov. 16 Th Hooks, “Black Women: Shaping Feminist Theory”
Nov. 17 F (not a class day, but PAPER DRAFT DUE (by the end of the day)
Nov. 21 Tu Lugones, “Purity, Impurity, and Separation”
Responses to Second Wave Feminism
Nov. 28 Tu Paglia, "No Law in the Arena"
Nov. 30 Th Wolff, "Fire with Fire"
Dec. 5 Tu Alfonso & Triglio, "Surfing the Third Wave"
Dec. 7 Th (Course Wrap-up) FINAL PAPER DUE
Dec. 14 Th (5:00 PM) FINAL EXAM