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Blog Prompt 4

Reflect back on the idea of “making trouble” – think back to your initial blog post on making trouble; having gone through this course, have your thoughts changed about the example you described there? What insights would you add if you were writing that post today? If one of our authors were to read your blog post, how do you imagine they would respond? (You can choose a specific author/reading to speculate about here.)

Please post your response as a new comment here. In order to receive credit for this assignment, you must post by 8pm on Sunday, May 6th. You must also indicate who you are in your post (initials or a pseudonym are fine, as long as I can identify you to give you credit).

You are also encouraged to reply to other students’ comments if you find them enjoyable or thought-provoking.

Blog Prompt 3

Take a “field trip” into queer public space (you can interpret this however you want – talk to me if you  need ideas – you may write about The Out Hotel if you wish). You may want to visit a site that is important to queer collective memory (like the places mentioned in the readings for this week). You might instead want to visit a less well-known space (e.g. a gay bar in your hometown). What objects and behaviors do you observe in the space? Who is visible in the space? What is your own personal experience of moving through the space? How does what is happening in that space trouble normative categories of gender, sexuality, etc.?

Please post your response as a new comment here. In order to receive credit for this assignment, you must post by 8pm on Sunday, April 8th. You must also indicate who you are in your post (initials or a pseudonym are fine, as long as I can identify you to give you credit).

You are also encouraged to reply to other students’ comments if you find them enjoyable or thought-provoking.

Blog Prompt 2

Read this interview with Judith/Jack Halberstam. For your blog post, write a thoughtful response. Do you find any of Halberstam’s positions particularly compelling? Are there any points you disagree with? What further questions come up for you after reading this interview?

You may either post your response as a comment here, or better yet, post it as a comment on the original piece! In order to receive credit for this assignment, you must post by 8pm on Sunday, February 26th (if you decide to post on the original piece, just comment here with a link that says so).

Blog Prompt 1

Think about the idea of “making trouble for gender” as discussed in class and in your readings. Describe an example from contemporary pop culture that you think illustrates the idea of gender trouble. Do you think the person(s) involved intended to cause gender trouble, or was it unintentional? After describing the example, think about how other people reacted to this event at the time. What were the consequences (positive or negative) for the person(s) who caused the “trouble”? Do you think the act was effective at causing trouble for gender? Do you think individuals have the power to truly make trouble for gender?

Please post your response as a new comment on this post. In order to receive credit for this assignment, you must post by 8pm on Sunday, February 5th. You must also indicate who you are in your post (initials or a pseudonym are fine, as long as I can identify you to give you credit).

You are also encouraged to reply to other students’ comments if you find them enjoyable or thought-provoking.