Leaning In, Hooking Up: Visions of Feminism and Femininity in the 21st Century

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

Featured as #11 of "63 College Classes That Give Us Hope for the Next Generation," Elle, June 2016. What does it mean to do feminism, or to be a feminist in the 21st-century United States? What can we make of the dominant social expectations for a woman's life? This course explores contemporary ideals of feminine success, including their physical, familial, professional, and political manifestations. We will engage with highly-contested topics: including sexual violence and Title 9; work-life balance; the imperatives of self-care and presentation; and new models for sexuality, reproduction, family, motherhood, and domestic life using the tools of theory and cultural studies to interrogate their framing within popular discourse. Throughout, we will critique ideological formations of gender, particularly as bounded by race, class, and sexuality.