not paprers video please
This assignment requires that you select a child's toy, or grouping
of such toys, that typifies the practice of making and marketing toys
according to particular gender stereotypes.
The purpose of this assignment is to encourage you to think
critically about cultural representations and images. We are exposed to
hundreds of representations every day, so much so that we are often
unaware of the effect that these have on the way we think and view the
world. Toys are one kind of representation that affect our worldview -
they are made for and marketed to children and many of these toys have
explicit or implicit sex and gender messages.
Browse through magazines, newspapers, the internet, or other media
that communicate culture and select toys that say something about sex or
gender. It might be a toy truck, a Barbie, or an "Easy-Bake Oven". Do
some research; make it interesting! You might also think about your own
favorite toys--things you played with growing up which might have, in
retrospect, conveyed certain messages about what it means to be male or
Once you have selected a toy, consider the message – what it says
about sex or gender and how it communicates this message. Also consider
aspects of this toy that provide the socially constructed message of
what it means to be man/woman? feminine/masculine? Is this toy telling
us something about race/ethnicity, class, or sexual orientation?
Your work should then be scripted to seamlessly address the following questions:
The Toy: Briefly, what is this toy? (show it if possible and describe it in detail)
Sex or Gender message: What does this image say about sex and/or
gender, and how does it say this? That is, what is the gender message
that is communicated in this image? Be detailed and use precise
language. Is this toy telling us something about race/ethnicity, class,
or sexual orientation?
Social Construction? What aspects of this
image (including or excluding the message) are socially constructed
messages about what it means to be a man/woman or masculine/feminine?
Does the toy prescribe a gender role?
Articles: Incorporate any 2
articles or videos into this discussion from any of the readings/videos
from this semester. Tell me how these articles add to this discussion of
sex and gender. Include references to the articles by noting their
authors and the name of the article.
Once you have scripted your
presentation, you will need to make a video of yourself presenting your
findings, and upload it here. Your video should be between 5 and 10
minutes and suitable for viewing by the entire class.