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[WMST BC2175] Masculinities

July 14, 2017

Pittman, Alexander Gold_nugget
[WMST BC2175] Masculinities

Oh how I loved this teacher and this class. Professor Pittman was my first teacher on my first day ever at Barnard. He's really down to earth but clearly knows his stuff. He's always open to hear from students' experiences, though he definitely holds a certain level of feminist/social justice standard that you shouldn't really challenge. Most of this is predictable stuff- He wouldn't stand for any homophobia, misogyny, racism, etc. in the classroom. While this is great and definitely very important I did sometimes feel like our answer to every question was that it's straight white men's faults. I don't necessarily disagree but I didn't feel as challenged as I would have liked about the conventional ways even feminists view gender and sexuality. Besides that though the readings were fascinating and pretty manageable (mostly articles) and he also added in some artist works and issues into the class. Alex is the sweetest professor you could ask for and I'm really grateful I got to learn with him (and hope to do so again).

Workload:

There are readings for every class and you should definitely do at least some of them because he spends most of class analyzing and mapping out the pieces. Besides that I'm pretty sure we only had to write 3 5-page papers about something related to masculinity that interested us and then use some of the class readings to back up our points. There is also a final ethnographic project where you go to a location (sports game, subway, gym, etc) and give a slideshow presentation with a group about the types of masculinity you saw there. You definitely need to do the work in this class but Professor Pittman is generally okay with extensions/special circumstances if you ask him before and overall this class is a light, fun class where you learn a lot.

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