Gender Studies

Prerequisite: 10-12 grades only
May fulfill either History or Social Science requirement (HIS, SOCSCI)

Simone de Beauvoir once wrote “one is not born, but becomes a woman.” In this course we’ll investigate the process of becoming a gender. We’ll talk about what difference gender makes to the world, not only in our personal lives, but in history and politics as well. Topics will include social construction, health and medicine, sexuality, trans issues, family, marriage, work, children, and religion. We’ll pay special attention to activism from the suffragists to #metoo. We’ll use a variety of materials to work on how gender, something many of us feel deeply, can be so personal and also so political.