SOCY 325 Community College of Baltimore County Gender Inequitable Norms Discussion




Part Four of Applied Final Project, Playing with Gender: Understanding Our Gendered Selves:

“Understanding My Playing-with-Gender Act” (20% of course grade; due end of Week 7)

Five (5) pages (1200-1500 words)

All parts of this project should be formatted in APA style (follow for both essay and citation styles):

Purpose: Act Analysis

In this part of the assignment, you will perform, describe, and analyze your act. After you perform your act, write a five page (1200-1500 words) paper detailing your experiences. The first section (one-third to one-half of your paper) should describe your act and your responses to it, and the second section should analyze your act in terms of the scholarship on gender:

Section One (minimum 500 words):

Describe your act:

What did you do?

Where did you do it?

How did you prepare for it?

What responses did you get while performing your act?

  1. How did you feel while performing your act?

What would you do differently if you had to perform this same act again? Would you perform the act in the same location and at same time? Would you change your appearance during the act? Would you do anything else differently?

  1. Please refer directly to the required reading on Participant Observation (Mack et al., 2005) in this section of the paper (Mack et al., 2005):
  2. Mack et al. (2005).  “Module Two: Participant Observation,” from Qualitative Research Methods: A Data Collector’s Field Guide, Family Health International. Read Module 2, pages 13-27. Retrieved from’s%20Field%20Guide.pdf
  3. Section Two: (minimum 700 words):
  4. Referring directly to at least three academic sources for support (these may be pulled from the sources you identified and discussed in your Annotated Bibliography for Part 3 and/or the readings for this class), consider the potential impact of your act. Here are some questions to consider (you do not have to answer all of these questions; they are provided to help you to think about ways your act may have impact on society):
  5. Can you explain the range of reactions to your act? Did those reactions reflect any of the sociological scholarship found in the course readings or in your research? Did any of the reactions challenge that research?
  6. How do you think class, race, age, and sexuality came into play during the conception and performance of the act?
  7. Was performing this act an act of feminism? Why? and, if so, what type(s) of feminism?

Was your act an act of activism? That is, could it help to create social change? If so, how?


Good morning Dr. Hill,Please remember this is regarding the act I choose that challenges societal gendered norms or that runs contrary to the way in which I perform gender everyday. Please see below.Usually, during the weekends, Saturday evenings, to

be specific, I stay at home and unwind from a stressful workweek with my family

by playing board games, binge watching our favorite television shows, and enjoy

good carryout. Occasionally, I invite my girlfriends over where we indulge in a

lot of activities based on our mood. These activities alternate between

binge-watching our favorite travel vlogs over wine, hearty conversations on our

relationships, office gossip, and cheerful laughs over failed recipe attempts.

Meanwhile, on those occasional Saturdays, my husband will hang out with his

friends. He treats his occasional Saturday evenings with a phrase that goes

like” Saturdays are for the fellas” and chants it every day from Wednesday to

Saturday, and I cannot help but wonder how they engage. Normally they play

basketball, play poker, go to different cigar lounges, and sit around have a

beer and crack jokes. To challenge my gendered story, I plan to join him one

Saturday and hang out with his friends who are more like family now and

experience their fun filled and interactive Saturdays. This is different from

my gendered history and current presentation of me in that for five hours or

so; I do not know what to expect or how to be around them without causing any

awkwardness while being open and part of the team. I think that the male gender

is quite different from the female in handling pressing issues or showing

concern to our friends expressing themselves. As a woman, I feel the emotions

strongly, and that is how a simple lunch date with another woman will leave us

crying together on each other’s shoulders. I think that men listen, give

logical responses, and joke about it. The differences between us are

fascinating, and I expect to have a lot of fun challenging how I do gender.


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