Reading Response Questions
According to chapter 9 of the textbook, how did the
representation of female characters on TV change over time,
from the 1950s to the present? (focus on adult television, not
childrens; also focus on TV shows, not sports, etc)
Think about one of your favorite TV shows or film (adult or
children). Does it contain clear messages about gender (i.e.
how men and women should or should not be), or are the
messages it contains multiple and contradictory? What
messages are they? In what ways do race and/or social class
affect the messages about gender (i.e. good masculinity vs.
bad masculinity, for example)?
1. Clearly answer the two questions given. Feel free to seperate two parts: Question 1 and Question 2. This is NOT a high school style essay, where you need to have an introductory paragraph, three main paragraphs, and one concluding paragraph. Skip introduction and conclusion, and directly get to the point.
2. For the first \”comprehension\” question, it is important that you read the textbook and understand the concepts, then explain it IN YOUR OWN WORDS. Do not copy and paste from the textbook or any other website you find. Digest the information from the textbook (no outside research is necessary) and explain it as clearly and comprehensively as you can. If you are just using the textbook and paraphrasing, no citation or reference page is necessary. Since it\’s important to write in your own words, I do not recommend using excessive direct quotes from the textbook or other sources, but if you have to use some short quotes (from textbook or any other sources), you need to cite it and include it in the reference page at the end. In that case, follow the ASA style here:
https:// www. utm. utoronto.ca/sociology/sites/files/sociology/public/shared/ pdfs/ASA%20format%20UTM%20SOC%20department%20citation%20guide. pdf
s(about 700-800 words, about 2 double-spaced pages). The reading responses are a place for you to 1) understand and engage the readings, and 2)
apply the readings to other contexts, drawing on your own experience and creativity.
Although the questions will vary each week specific to that weeks reading contents, they will consist of two questions:
1. Comprehension question: ability to explain, synthesize, and discuss ideas in the reading
in your own words
2. Application question: ability to apply the concepts and insights from the readings to other contexts(previous weeks readings, real life examples, current events, etc)