last update 3/27/2012
•••• Each group has 25-30 minutes in which they are in charge of the class. The idea is to engage the class in discussion or some activity and not just summarize your findings. I suggest you divide up the work so that no more than 15 minutes is taken up in actually presenting the material and the other half is spent engaging the class (it may take more than asking questions, so be creative; think about ways that might get you to participate). The schedule for the groups is listed below for the three days (April 7, 16, 18) assigned in the syllabus.
•••• We have the ability to do powerpoint, DVD and video as well as internet connection in the classroom, but each group should let me know in advance what they will be using. If you have any handouts for the class, I can make copies if you get them to me ahead of time.
•••• If someone in your group has not been able to participate, just go ahead and do your best (this will not affect the group grade). For details on the grading, see the syllabus. If you have any questions, please ask me sooner rather than later.
A. With another group member attend at least two of the following (and present your findings to the class):
• gay bar • massage parlor
• topless bar • pick-up bar
• striptease act • porno theatre
• singles dance
B. Respond to dating service online or enter a sex chat room under a pseudonym. The idea is to observe how the system works and how others present themselves as sexually attractive. You will compare notes with other members of the group and combine these for class presentation.
D. ____ Rent a porno (x-rated or unrated) film (or choose a free porn site like redtube.com) and show selections to a group of friends. Prepare a short questionnaire for distribution after the showing and then discuss the results. Group will present these results and may show short clip from film.
E. ____ Collect examples of sexism or sexual exploitation in advertising (any media, including television and Internet video commercials). Bring examples of these to class for presentation. You should compare these to recognized art (nudes, etc.) and pornographic images (either online or in magazines).
F. _____ Collect photographic images of nudes, both “artistic” and “pornographic” and show to a group of students to discuss how one distinguishes an artistic erotic image from a pornographic one independent of being found on a specific website or magazine. You may also choose to be photographed nude as part of an art project and use these as part of your presentation.