Last week we found that our essays were similar in that they all featured the ways in which dominant forces, such as governments, social normalcy or media conflict with marginal selves or communities. Gender was highlighted as a particular focal point within this realisation.
In response to this we decided to search online for different examples of current gender issues in order to decide our case study. These examples included:
- Trumps decision to exclude trans people from the military (and the legal implications of this)
- The recent controversy between supporters of the Mermaids organisation and how this highlights conflict between mainstream feminism and the trans community
- The recent change to the grey-area ‘up-skirting’ laws
- How toxic masculinity figures within the political issues and the part that toxic masculinity played in the rise of Trump
Following this we had a brief discussion about the comment sections of these articles, and how their anonymous and masculine qualities figure within these issues.
The objective of this weeks session was to make ourselves aware of variety of possible subjects for our presentation. Our task for next week is to write a number of research questions in our own time and share them with each other in order to begin to focus our discussions to one area.