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AAD 500, Unit 12: Social Justice III: The Arts and Concepts of Class, Gender and Sexuality
Transcript of AAD 500, Unit 12: Social Justice III: The Arts and Concepts of Class, Gender and Sexuality
Social Justice III: The Arts and Concepts of Class, Gender and Sexuality
1. Arts and Class
Artist: I'm going to host an event where people with high-paying jobs (doctors, lawyers, business executives) volunteer their time, services and expertise (for 11 hours straight) while artists, musicians, small business owners and non-profit workers get to show up and drink beer all day.
Friend of Friend: Perhaps Artist needs to do some research on who volunteers for what and for how long instead of generalizing.
Artist: I don't know you and you don't know me. This post was not about who volunteers for what and for how long. Nor do I typically do research about random facebook posts. Also I'm allowed to generalize all I want. But I'm obliged to tell you: this post is about a huge group of people who are in the "middle class" who don't have the luxury of high paying jobs, nor do we qualify for or receive any kind of public assistance--nor are we on the receiving end of much of the volunteer work that most people do. Many of us don't have medical insurance. Or understand the legal system. Many could use sound business advice, or any number of the other services we can't afford. It would be so nice to see the script flipped once in a while--we entertain you for free. We make things and hope you'll buy them. We write books and hope you'll read them. We teach your children for next to nothing. I think the working class deserves a goddamn day off.
Class in America
Interactive Graphics Package
Are you surprised where you fall according to these criteria?
How does your place on the scales cause you to react?
Are you excited that working on completing a graduate program provides a huge push upward in class regarding your education level?
30+ Examples of Middle-to-Upper Class Privilege
READ: Dance A La Working Class: Tap Dogs A Rough, Tough-guy Troupe. CHICAGO TRIBUNE.
VISIT: Visit the Tap Dogs website
2. Arts and Gender
What is gender?
The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance
“A concern with identity politics has made issues of gender fundamental to late twentieth- and early twenty-first-century culture. The significance of gender in determining social behaviour and in defining power relations between men and women has been a major part of cultural debates since the 1970s.
Theatre, like other cultural practices, has developed ways of engaging with theories of gender and has devised critical approaches to performance which foreground gender identity and offer critiques of narrow representations of masculine and feminine ways of being.
The term ‘gender’ refers to the socially constructed division between the sexes. It is concerned with the culturally determined group of attributes, including emotional and psychological characteristics, which differentiate masculinity and femininity.
‘Sex’, on the other hand, designates the biological and physiological differences between male and female. Culture ascribes particular gender qualities to maleness or to femaleness, and expectations of masculine or feminine social behaviour are assigned to the male and female child.
Theories of gender, deriving from feminism and studies of masculinity and sexuality, aim to unravel the patriarchal and heterosexual hegemonies which dominate culture. They attempt to clarify the distinction between sex and gender, enabling an analysis of the cultural formation of gender roles and opening up possibilities for change.
From the separation of sex and gender comes the notion that although the child is biologically defined as male or female at birth, it is society, rather than a process of nature, which shapes women and men.”
Journal of Visual Culture and Gender
VISIT: Visual Culture and Gender
READ: Rethinking Gender Bias in Theater, By PATRICIA COHEN.Published: June 23, 2009 The New York Times.
What do you think? Can entire artistic disciplines and genres be biased in contemporary times?
What could you do as an arts administrator to offset gender discrimination and provide advantageous opportunities for underserved artists?
READ: Exploring Gender Stereotypes Through Dance, Submitted by Jill E. Thomas on June 30, 2011.
What other artistically based stereotypes can you think of?
What could you do as an arts administrator to draw attention to, explore and possible squelch discriminatory stereotypes in your arts programming?
What are your thoughts about this short performance?
How is the artist intersecting her personal life experiences with gender and race in her performance work?
How do you use and/or receive the word “girl” as a label or characteristic of a woman older than age 18? Is it something you have ever thought about?
How might your use of the word “girl” be altered in the future?
3. Art and Sexuality
What is sexuality?
Portland Queer Film Festival
4. Better Processes and Practices
Liz Casebolt and Joel Smith
LEARN MORE: The Dinner Party:
E. Kairo Miles
Ain’t I A Man, Ain’t I A Woman
Which topics resonated most highly with you?
Which do you have the most questions about?
In what ways were you potentially inspired regarding the creation of new artwork, or the presentation of new arts works that relate to one or more of these areas?