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What does it mean to be a woman? How do women become women? What are the consequences and/or benefits of womanhood? What is femininity?

The final paper is a culmination of all of the knowledge that you gained during this course through the readings, films, and podcasts. To prepare to write this essay, you should go back and read your own film critiques, podcast reflections and reading responses, specifically thinking about what themes/topics come up over and over again. You will pick three main themes to focus on in your paper. Examples of themes are: What does it mean to be a woman? How do women become women? What are the consequences and/or benefits of womanhood? What is femininity? What are the most important political or ethical questions that we should be asking (and answering) about women/gender/sexuality? In what important ways does gender intersect with other aspects of one’s identity? For e.g. age, race, class, status, sexual orientation, generation, nationality, ethnicity What is feminism? To what extent is gender given or chosen? But those are just ideas. Look through your annotations and see what three themes/topics you read most about and wrote most about already in your annotations. For each theme, make some notes to yourself about what each reading, film and podcast had to contribute to the idea/discussion/topic (theme). In the three main sections of your paper, you will discuss where these different texts/films/podcast episodes converged/diverged/overlapped. In a sense, you’re writing an elaborated compare and contrast essay. After you have written your three main sections, you will write an Introduction and Conclusion. Your introduction should introduce the reader (me) to the paper, in very general strokes. You will explain what I’m about to read about, why these topics are particularly interesting to you, why you selected the texts, films, and podcast episodes that you did, what your process was like in deciding upon your themes. In your conclusion you will think about the overall lessons/implications/remaining questions or contradictions/recommendations/issues and summarize them for the reader. Formatting: You should give your paper a snappy title, then the introduction, then a header summarizing the theme of each section, and the conclusion. Again, you can look at my Do you get to choose essay for an example of how this is done. double spaced, 12 pt. Font, Bibliography. Your bibliography is just a list of the readings you read, films you watched, and podcasts you listened to. It doesn’t need to be formatted in any special way – you can just list the titles.

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