Black Women in Feminism and the Media Reflection

COMM 138: Black Women in Feminism and the Media
Summer 2019
Guidelines for Reading Reflections
Post reflections on the course material for the readings for any five of the following dates: July 9,
July 11, July 16, July 18, July 23, July 25, July 30, August 1. The reflection does not need to be a
formal essay. It can be in the form of a journal entry, a letter to a friend telling her/him what you
think of the readings, and must not be more than a few paragraphs or a page long.
You may begin with an emotional response to the reading (hated it! loved it!) but should go
beyond that to explain why you love or hate it. Your reflection must show an understanding of
the arguments and themes in the reading. For example, instead of simply stating that you agree or
disagree with Cathy Cohen’s main arguments, show that you understand those arguments. You
might say, “what Cathy Cohen says about queer politics helps to expand my understanding of
dominant narratives about Black women’s sexuality. It shows how different kinds of sexuality
come to be seen as non-normative and also shows that that non-normative sexuality extends
beyond people who identify as LGBT. I don’t think the kind of oppression experienced by LGBT
people around sexuality is the same as the kind of oppression experienced by non-LGBT people
because those in the second group still have some heterosexual privilege. However, I agree with
Cohen that it is important to see the oppression experienced by the two groups around sexuality
as related, so that they can form alliances in struggling against sexual oppression.” Also think of
different readings in relation to each other. Do they contradict or confirm each other? Do you see
a link between them and other course texts? Is there a current issue in the news or popular culture
that helped you to understand the readings? Did they help you to understand something that has
puzzled you?
Finally, your reflection should also pose a question about the readings. Again, the question
should be about the main points or arguments in the readings rather than a request for definitions
or examples that you can find yourself. As a rough guide, ask questions that cannot be answered
with a simple “yes” or “no.” For example, an acceptable question is: “How is Patricia Hill
Collins’ concept of ‘controlling images’ related to Omi and Winant’s concept of racial
formation?” Unacceptable questions are: “What is gender?” or “Do you agree with Alice
Walker’s definition of feminism?”
Your reflection must be posted to TritonEd no later than noon on the day we discuss the
material concerned

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