Psychology in Action

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To further clarify your sexual perspective and sharpen your critical thinking skills, share your responses with a close friend, dating partner, or spouse. Instructor's Resource Guide                                Chapter 11                                       Page  112                                                                      
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   W riting P roject Writing Project 11.1 Given the need for improved writing skills in college students, and to respond to the call for "writing across the curriculum," we offer writing projects for each chapter. For Chapter 11, we suggest a 2-3 page written response to one or more of the following questions. Recognizing the time involved in grading such writing projects, one alternative is occasionally to assign "peer grading." Collect the papers, remove student names, and give each student a paper to grade. It helps to make their participation in peer grading part of the overall points for the writing project. This encourages a more thoughtful and responsible evaluation, as well as acknowledging and rewarding the additional work. 1. Analyze the roles of men and women in magazine advertisements aimed at different audiences, such as those in Playboy, Cosmopolitan, Family Circle, Newsweek, Ebony. Use at least 5 different types of magazines. What are the differences? Are there any underlying similarities? 2. Analyze the roles of male and female characters in children's cartoon shows. Watch at least 5 whole shows. How many characters are of each gender? Who does what? 3. Analyze the roles of men and women in TV ads. What voice overlays are used? Who is the intended audience? What unspoken messages are conveyed? Do the messages differ according to the time of day? Watch at least 1 hour of TV from each time of day: morning, afternoon, evening. 4. Analyze rock videos on MTV for their portrayal of gender roles in both images and lyrics. Watch for 1 to 2 hours; analyze all from that time period. What messages are conveyed? 5. Analyze the Sunday comics for gender roles. Is there a difference between the older and the newer strips? Have the traditional strips also changed? If so, how? 6. Analyze the roles of male and female characters in folk tales (choose 3) from a particular culture. What can we learn about that culture's attitudes toward men and women? 7. Analyze the roles of men and women in soap operas. Watch 1/2 hour each from 3 different soap operas. Has there been an attempt to modernize the roles? Are changes significant or superficial? 8. Analyze the roles of males and females in a selection of children's books (at least 5). Who gets to do what? How are boys/girls portrayed in illustrations? What do their parents do? Are the books targeted for a specific audience? (You may want to choose books from a particular time period.) 9. Analyze newspaper photographs (choose 2 separate newspapers) and/or articles for differential treatment of men and women. Note in particular whether the focus is on faces or bodies and whether
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