2019 - Gender - Course Index

Assignment WA02 - 7 points

Prefix lesson


I started this course with Boyhood (2014), (first introduced here), to start thinking about how people grow into their gender. 
In case you need a concrete definition, gender is the state of being male or female, typically used with reference to social and cultural differences rather than biological ones. Also, in languages such as Latin, Greek, Russian, and German, each of the classes (typically masculine, feminine, common, neuter) of nouns and pronouns distinguished by the different inflections that they have and require in words syntactically associated with them. Grammatical gender is only very loosely associated with natural distinctions of sex.

I should also point out at this moment in our analysis and discussion, that people's ideas about gender often collapse into their ideas about sexuality. Sexuality in this instance is probably best defined as a person's capacity for sexual feelings, a person's sexual orientation or preference or, even sexual activity. Now, before we carry on any further with our analysis and discussion of how people, (including us!), "grow into their gender," we have to do is pause for a second, (or, should I say, an assignment) to think about how "growing onto one's gender" might be different if a person wasn't a cisgender, heterosexual boy like Mason. A little later on in the course we will also start to think a little more consciously about how Mason's ancestry, race, ethnicity and linguistic preferences effect his childhood and growing up, as well as the status of his parents marriage and his parents' families and backgrounds and life ambitions and income level and romantic and sexual partners. But for now let's just stick with gender and sexuality. That's complicated enough for Week 2.

Just in case you need a couple of more definitions - Cisgender is a term that denotes or relates to a person whose sense of personal identity and gender corresponds with their birth sex. Heterosexual is a term that denotes or relates to a a person who is sexually attracted to people of the opposite sex. I.e., By the time he is seventeen Mason is dating a girl named Sheena.


01. 1 point, 45-90 words > What would you say was the single most important similarity and difference between Mason's boyhood and his sister, Samantha's girlhood. You must reference at least two scenes or happens or pieces of dialogue from the film Boyhood (2014), first introduced here, in formulating your response. Make sure your answer is at least 45 words and to explain and defend your response.


02. 4 points, Word length specified inside the question > All you have to do is listen to or read the little biographies below and then using 10-45 words for for each point describe in detail what you think the person looks like (i.e., body shape or size, hair length, clothing choices) and back up your description with some detail from the story (i.e., the sound of the person's voice, how the person describes themselves). You must back up your descriptions in order to receive the full credit hereI specifically ordered them to follow the natural life course of childhood to young adulthood, i.e., from the age of say, six, to twenty-four, much like the way the film Boyhood (2014) was structured. Your answer here should be eight little 10-45 word summaries organized in the following way and is worth four points total (i.e., you get a half point for each little 10-45 words summary).

  • Whitney Robinson - Click here - 14 minutes - A transcript is here - You are looking for TAL-153, Dolls, Act 1, "Thank Heaven" (2000)
  • Susan Burton - Click here - 12 minutes - A transcript is here - You are looking for TAL-225, Home Movies, Act 4, "The Cinema of Upward Mobility" (2002)
  • Nancy Updike - Click here - 7 minutes - A transcript is here - You are looking for TAL-268, My Experimental Phase, "Prologue" (2000)
  • Griffin Hansbury - Click here - 17 minutes - A transcript is here - You are looking for TAL-220, Testosterone, Act 2, "Infinite Gent" (2000)
  • Nate - Click here - 22 minutes - A transcript is here - You are looking for TAL-247, What Is This Thing? Act 2, "View From" (2000)
  • Foxjazell - Click here and scroll to the 4'16 mark - 26 minutes - A transcript is here - You are looking for TAL 190, Living The Dream, "Girls, Girls, Girls" (2001)
  • David Sedaris - Click here and scroll to the 3'17 mark - 26 minutes - A transcript is here - You are looking for TAL-27, The Cruelty of Children, Act 1, "I Like Guys" (2000)
  • Marlo Mack's daughter Click here and view the video as well as listen to the audio


For Q03 and Q04, as well as assignment WA03 and WA04, you will need to carefully watch the film Tomboy (2011) below. Scroll past the video for Q03 and Q04 and click here for WA03 and WA05 if you want to take a quick look at how you will be asked to reference this film on these assignments.

Closely and carefully watch Tomboy (2011) below.  It is a French film with English subtitles around an hour and twenty minutes long. You will need your UNF email address and MyWings password to activate it and if you have any problems doing this you can click here and access it directly on the UNF Kanopy site with your UNF email address and MyWings password.

03. 1 point, At least 90 wordsMake the argument that Laure experiences the same kind of boyhood that Mason did at age ten. Laure, of course, is the protagonist of Tomboy (2011), above, and Mason was the protagonist of Boyhood (2014), first introduced here. In order to get your full point here you must reference a specific scene, happening or piece of dialogue from both Tomboy (2011) and Boyhood (2014) and be sure to explain and defend your response.

04. 1 point, At least 90 words > Make the argument that Lisa experiences the same kind of girlhood that Samantha did at age ten. Lisa, of course, is a character in Tomboy (2011), above, and Samantha a character in Boyhood (2014), first introduced here.