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Your paper should be 900 words, typed in Times New Roman 12-point font, double-spaced and with 1” margins. Your paper should be developed around an explicit thesis. It must include proper referencing. Citations should be provided according to MLA guidelines and your paper must include a works cited page. Your paper should have a cover page that indicates: an original and relevant title (not “Assignment #1” or “The Social Construction Approach Your bibliography and cover page do not factor into your word count. Assignment Instructions You are not permitted to do outside research for this assignment. Resist the urge to consult the internet. Your essay will be better if you rely exclusively on course materials and your own thoughts.
The purpose of this assignment is for you to practice applying social construction theory in developing an understanding of gender differences and gender inequalities. The assignment also gives you a chance to formulate your own views on this explanation for why gender inequalities exist in our society. Your essay must include the following: 1. A brief (one paragraph) summary of social construction theory, as described by Anne Fausto Sterling in her article “Dueling Dualisms” (from the Hobbs and Rice textbook). You should summarize Sterling’s ideas in your own words and cite them appropriately. Required readings to use: Anne Fausto-Sterling, “Dueling Dualisms” (H&R, pp. 132-143) 2. A discussion of one specific example illustrating the social construction approach from another reading assigned in the course thus far (that is, from September 18th to October 16th inclusive). You should explain what the author says about this example, and then explain in your own words how this example illustrates that gender differences/inequalities are socially constructed and not “natural.” Course readings to use September 18 Required readings: bell hooks, “Excerpts from Feminism Is for Everybody” (H&R, pp. 16-19) October 16 Required readings: Eli Clare, “Freaks and Queers” (H&R, pp. 149-162) 3. Provide your own views on social construction theory. Some questions you may wish to answer include (but are not limited to), the following: Do you think this is a useful approach? Does it challenge any powerful stories that you have heard about gender? Is the theory supported by your own experiences? Can you think of any other examples that provide evidence for social construction theory?