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How Herland Challenges Gender Ideology


Charlotte Perkins Gilman's fictional utopia Herland is about a culture populated only by women. The novel, narrated by a male sociologist, describes the woman-only culture in vivid detail and contrasts it with the three "visiting" men and their own society. Sociology was a new field during Gilman's lifetime and one that she identified with because of her interest in social problems. Since she considered herself a sociologist, readers could assume that the male narrator's viewpoint is her own. It is through Vandyck Jennings' eyes that we see both the male perspective on gender roles in American society in the early 20th century and the imaginative utopian society of Herland. Gilman was not promoting a society populated only by women, but she creates it to critique the role and place of women in western culture.

After reading the first three chapters of Herland, write three to four pages in which you answer one or more of the following questions about gender and society that Gilman embedded within the Herland narrative: What does Gilman see as the lot of women in her own society? How does it compare to the place of women in Herland? How does Gilman challenge widely-held views about women's nature, which began as early as the Renaissance lady, reappeared as the Victorian ideal, and were still present in 1915 when Herland was published? Remember that in 1915, women in America still did not have the right to vote even while the "new woman" was emerging with modernism and innovations. Be sure to provide page-referenced examples from the assigned chapters from Herland to illustrate your view.



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Total Possible Score: 10.00

Content

Total: 7.50

Distinguished - Responds with a thorough reflection that is related to all aspects of the journal prompt. Applies professional, personal, relevant prior knowledge, and/or other real-world experiences in a manner that is rich in thought and provides valuable insight into the topic. Analyzes preconceptions and biases by deconstructing elements of personal assumptions and synthesizes own awareness using new modes of thinking.


Proficient - Responds with a reflection that is related to almost all aspects of the journal prompt. Applies professional, personal, or other real-world experiences in a manner that provides valuable insight into the topic. Provides a limited analysis of preconceptions and biases and somewhat synthesizes own awareness using new modes of thinking.


Basic - Responds with a reflection that is related to most aspects of the journal prompt. Applies professional, personal, or other real-world experiences in a manner that provides limited insight into the topic but may not be wholly relevant to the journal prompt. Demonstrates self-reflection by identifying preconceptions or biases compared to new modes of thinking.


Below Expectations - Responds with a reflection that is related to some aspects of the journal prompt. Attempts to apply professional, personal, or other real-world experiences, but their relevance to the journal prompt is unclear. Self-reflection is vague and/or fails to relate to preconceptions or biases and new modes of thinking.


Non-Performance - The journal is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the assignment instructions.



Coherence

Total: 1.50

Distinguished - Effectively communicates ideas or points in a logical and organized manner. Reflections are sophisticated and formulate wholly appropriate and pertinent connections between the journal topic and relevant prior knowledge.


Proficient - Communicates ideas or points in a manner that is mostly logical and organized. Reflections formulate appropriate connections between the journal topic and relevant prior knowledge.


Basic - Communicates ideas or points in a manner that demonstrates a limited understanding of content organization. Attempts to reflect upon journal topic, but the connections between the journal topic and prior knowledge are vague.


Below Expectations - Attempts to communicate ideas or points; however, the content organization is extremely limited. Fails to provide a reflection that connects the journal topic to prior knowledge.


Non-Performance - The journal is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the assignment instructions.



Mechanics

Total: 1.00

Distinguished - Journal contains no errors related to grammar, spelling, and sentence structure.


Proficient - Journal contains only a few minor errors related to grammar, spelling, and sentence structure, but they do not distract the reader from the content.


Basic - Journal contains a few errors related to grammar, spelling, and sentence structure, which slightly distract the reader from the content.


Below Expectations - Journal contains major errors related to grammar, spelling, and sentence structure, which distract the reader from the content.


Non-Performance - The journal is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the assignment instructions.



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