Thursday, May 17, 2007


Link to column

I don't agree with the premise of the article but check this section: "Did he take professor Bernice L. Hausman's English 5454 called "Studies in Theory: Representing Female Bodies"? The titles of the assigned readings include "Black Bodies, White Bodies: Toward an Iconography of Female Sexuality in Late Nineteenth Century Art, Medicine, and Literature," "The Comparative Anatomy of Hottentot Women in Europe, 1815-1817," "Selling Hot Pussy: Representations of Black Female Sexuality in the Cultural Marketplace," "The Anthropometry of Barbie: Unsettling Ideals of the Feminine Body in Popular Culture," and "Foucault, Femininity, and the Modernization of Patriarchal Power."

One of the assignments in this course (worth 10 percent of the total grade) is to "choose one day in which they dress and comport themselves in a manner either more masculine or more feminine than they would normally."


Anonymous said...

Um, that course description wouldn't even be unusual enough to be remarked upon here in scenic Athens, Ohio.

dcat said...

Actually, while I would not take the course because it has way too much theory and such, the reading list looks fine -- historians ought to be wary about delegitimizing one another's courses because we'd be pissed if someone did it to us -- but the assignment seems pretty dubious.