Gender Matters

This course will deal with gender-related issues (matters) in American culture and society. Topics will include: historical background of gender issues, the role of gender and sexuality in youth culture/high school and college in the past and present, the history of the Pill as a crucial turning point in the lives of women and men, the role of film in creating and disseminating gendered message. The course will pose the question: Does gender matter in the twenty- first century or have we achieved a state of perfect equality in public and private life? The course will use books, films, articles, and web sources to explore these issues.