Friday, February 24, 2012


Philosophy of Sex and Gender
Midterm Paper Assignment: 3-5 pages, typed
Due Friday, March 2, in class

Your assignment is to review the main readings of this course thusfar:
-          The encyclopedia article on Philosophy of Sex
-          The Corvino article on homosexuality
-          The article on the Bible and homosexuality
-          The articles from Traps
-          The Debating Sex and Gender book
-          Anything else that’s come up along the way!

Your assignment is to then:
-          Find a topic from a reading or readings;
-          Find some interesting and/or controversial claim or claims made concerning this topic;

Then, write an argumentative essay on this topic concerning these claims: are they true or are they false? Your paper should review arguments that are given, or could be given, to think that they are true, as well as arguments that are given, or could be given, to think that they are false. Your essay should assess these claims, in terms of their truth or falsity and the evidence that is and can be given for either position.

Your paper should have an introduction; it should have a thesis, i.e., a main claim you are trying to support, and be well organized. Each paragraph should focus on one topic. Your paper should have a conclusion that summarizes what you’ve done in the paper.

You are encouraged to read this article on how to write a philosophy paper, since it presents the standards your paper will be judged by: http://www.jimpryor.net/teaching/guidelines/writing.html

Any questions? Please contact Professor Nobis! Nathan.nobis@gmail.com

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Hi,
As stated yesterday and Monday, we are moving on to chapter 2 of Warnke.

Here are some resources on chapter 1's contents:
This provides a fascinating summary of the book: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Second_Sex 

As Nature Made Him: The Boy Who Was Raised as a Girl



Monday, February 20, 2012

For Philosophy of Sex:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mbKXLu9qT4

For Wednesday, try to watch the above and make sure you re-read the chapter 1 of the Warnke book. For Friday, please read Ch. 2. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2012


Part IV: Brother to Brother: The Politics of Desire, Sexuality, and Homophobia

Huey P. Newton, "A letter from Huey to the Revolutionary Brothers and Sisters About the Women's Liberation and Gay Liberation Movements" -

Joseph Beam, "Brother to Brother: Words from the Heart"

Marlon Riggs, "Reflections of a SNAP Queen"

Essex Hemphill, "Does Your Mama Know About Me?"

FRIDAY
Cornel West, "Black Sexuality: The Taboo Subject"
Michael Eric Dyson: "When you Divide Body and Soul, Problems Multiply"
Kendall Thomas, "'Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing': Black Masculinity, Gay Sexuality, and the Jargon of Authenticity"


MONDAY: 
READ WARNKE CH 1. WRITE A SUMMARY AND REACTION TO THE INTRO AND CHAPTER 1.

Friday, February 3, 2012

For Monday, re-read Corvino: link below:
 http://faculty.uca.edu/dawnj/Corvino.pdf 
Read: What does the Bible really say about homosexuality?

The Washington Post: On Faith
http://onfaith.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/guestvoices/2010/12/what_does_the_bible_really_say_ab
out_homosexuality_reading_texts_of_terror.html

This is the first in a series of articles by The Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson, Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshire and a visiting Senior
Fellow at the Center for American Progress, Washington, D.C.

https://docs.google.com/open?id=1F_VPeb7jhW1O4NegzIv-1gz_m8WPPUN5ZDakd7xYX1DEdRHq2D82s-pTQvPf

Independent internet research: what are some of the strongest and/or most common reasons or arguments given to think that homosexuality is morally wrong or bad?

Write: what are some of the strongest and/or most common reasons or arguments given to think that homosexuality is morally wrong or bad? Evaluate these arguments as sound or unsound and explain why you think what you think. 2-3 pages.

Bring your writing to class Monday.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012