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This 4 page Class Notes was uploaded by Brie Brown on Tuesday August 9, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to SPAN 3220 at Western Michigan University taught by Perez de la cruz in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 14 views. For similar materials see Cultural Spanish in Spanish at Western Michigan University.


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Date Created: 08/09/16
Final Exam, Spring 2016 200 points GWS 3400 Race, Gender, & Science Due at the end of the scheduled final exam All questions refer to the book Woman on the Edge of Time, by Marge Piercy. Questions 1-5 are worth 25 points each (125 pts. total). Questions 6/7 are worth 50 points (choose one). Writing counts for 25 points, making a total of 200 points. 1) Using intersectionality (define the term and cite your source), describe the main character of the book. Particularly, refer to the roles of race, gender, and social class in her life. Intersectionality is defined by many different people. The vast majority of people think of intersectionality as race and gender while Crenshaw argues that it is recognizing that multiple oppressions are not each suffered separately but rather as a single, synthesized experience. Collins also adds the idea of “Matrix of Domination” which is the overall organization of power in society (Black Feminism and Intersectionality). The main character, Consuelo, Connie, and Chiquita like the bananas perfectly portray intersectionality. Consuelo is her given name, but she separates each name with a part of her life this one being the old women who abused her child and is very poor. Connie is the friend but also the mental patient. Chiquita is a name given to her by a past employer that described all of the Latina people he employed. These three names express how Connie’s race, gender, socioeconomic status and many other factors work together to make her up and challenge her throughout the novel. 2) Consider the power relations in Connie’s life. Does she have power? Explain, using examples. Who else has power over her life? Explain, using examples. Does she have agency (is she able to make decisions about her life)? Explain, using examples. Connie has very little, if any, power in her life except for when she enters into the future, there she can do whatever she’d like because there is a society that is fair in almost all ways. She is a poor Chicana woman, those three intersecting words right there tell us that she does not have much power on the day to day, she had her child taken along with her sanity and many other things. Her brother says whether or not she needs to go back into the mental institution with no permission or care what she thinks. While she is at the institution the doctors have all the say and if she tries to say anything against them they just denounce her with her condition, “The authority of the physician is undermined if the patient presumes to make a diagnostic statement.” (p.19). Along with the power she does not have much agency because everyone else speaks for her, she has no voice in this life. When she enters the future she can make decisions and learn about how to be more strategic in her real life so she gains some agency during these times. At the end of the novel she smartly poisons many of the doctors so she can save the future. She decides to make that sacrifice in her life to save all of the people that mean the most to her, the people that live many years ahead of her. This lack of power can strongly relate to the chapter we read, “Gender, Race, and Nation: The Comparative Anatomy of ‘Hottentot’ Women in Europe.” Sarah Bartmann had basically no control of what happened to her and what was documented about her life. She also did not have agency because she could not make decisions about her life. 3) What role does science play in Connie’s life/world/experience? (Use whichever word works best for your understanding.) Is medical racism evident in her experience? How so or how not? Give examples of both the role of science and medical racism, using prior course readings (at least 2) to relate this to our class in a meaningful way. Science is a huge part of Connie’s experience in the present and the future. She is committed to a mental institution and in the future she learns all about the scientific advances and how they affect the earth and the people living on and around it. Medical Racism is very present in this book; the doctors have the patients committed because they say there is something very wrong with each patient but most of them are just different. Connie is Chicana and puts up defense if her or someone else is in danger, another is gay, others are a bit outspoken. The Gamble-Tuskegee Study defines Medical Racism as physicians having a bias on the people they are researching. It affects the practice of medicine by skewing results based on opinion or desired truth. Medical Racism was also present when doctors were studying Sarah Bartmann, they had so many biases towards her and that let them abuse her and it heavily changed what they could have documented about her. 4) Using Steinke’s (2005) article on women in science in film, critique the character Luciente using the 5 key representational themes (use headers of some sort). Does the novel advance women’s role in the sciences, according to the argument made by Merrick (2012)? (Refer to her writing in your answer.) How so or how not? Steinke’s article talks about possible selves as an idea that represents what people want to become, could become or are afraid to become. That is an interesting dynamic for this book because Connie is the present and there are two possible futures ahead of her times, one that is desired and one that is feared. Steinke also speaks on the pressures of gender role stereotypes affecting young girls and how they grow but in Lucientes future does not have these pressures. APPEARANCE: Luciente wears whatever person would like whenever per wants. Per wears flimsies and costumes when it comes time for those sort of things but these things would not be appropriate in our culture today. Luciente does not try to be feminine or specifically stylish, just comfortable and happy with how per looks. Per also does not try to please others with per appearance. CHARACTERIZATION: As a scientists Luciente is professional and realistic like the women portrayed in Steinke’s research though that is for per time, not ours. Per acts quirky at times but per gets things done that are needed to be done. PROFESSIONAL STATUS: Luciente has much expertise, ability and authority. In per field she is one of the best but works alongside all others, male and female in other areas that per is not so great at. WORK VS. ROMANCE: While Luciente has a few different partners in the book per does not mate with people who per has worked with often. Her romance and work life do not collide much like they do in the lives of the people in Steinke’s findings. WORK AND FAMILY LIFE BALANCE: In Steinke’s findings there were not many mothering scientists but Luciente is a science while also being a mother. Though per world works much different than ours because they take time to mother and then start work again after the child is old enough. The balance is not a struggle. Merrick states that science fiction is an experiment or dream lab which reflects social hopes and fears about scientific and technological development. These offer more satisfying representations of gender where there have been obvious shifts in socio-cultural relations and institutions. According to Merrick, this novel does advance women’s role in science because there is a balance of life and work for women and they work alongside colleagues while in the future. 5) Has reading and analyzing this novel been a useful experience in terms of application of course learning? Has it helped you understand course concepts and their applications to areas outside of the classroom? What do you take with you from this book, if anything? Reading this book was my favorite part of the class and it amazingly brought all of the concepts together for me. I can more easily see these concepts in my daily life from how I am seen as a woman in science to how I see myself. I took a lot from this book but one of the biggest takeaways was the two possible futures and how much I admire and want Luciente’s and how afraid I am of the other one. Choose one of the following to answer at greater length, for 50 points. 6) Using Patricia Hill Collins’ critique of science, critique the future of Mattapoisett and describe whether or not it meets her requirements. (Cite her article specifically, making connections between her claims and the text.) Patricia Hill Collins’ wants to reconceptualize race, gender and class as interlocking systems of oppression. She believes race and gender operate within science less as parallel dimensions in constructing scientific knowledge than intersecting dimensions of social organization where knowledge and power are intimately linked. She dislikes parallelism because it allows focus to be on one specific thing instead of the things being incorporated like saying you are black or female. She believes in intersectional analysis which is when you take a well-studied topic and go back to pick it apart with what is known now about biases. I believe the future of Mattapoisett would meet her requirements because the people there have no gender roles, races or classes. They all work together and share all burdens of work and the happiness of mothering. Science can almost be completely objective because their culture does not permit any sort of racism or prejudice. In Mattapoisett they do not use parallelism they use holism and understand that everything works as a single system together. They also understand that what humans do can impact the earth in very strong ways and so they also consider that. Intersectionality is a way of life for the people of Mattapoisett and that is the way it should be.


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