Synthesis Essay Gender Identity, Stereotypes, & Inequalities: Problems & Solutions
The following prompt is based on the accompanying sources. This question requires you to synthesize a variety of sources into a coherent, wellwritten essay. When you synthesize sources, you refer to them to develop your position and cite them accurately (you should cite both direct and indirect references). Your argument should be central; the sources should support the argument. Avoid summarizing sources.
Reread the following sources carefully. Based on these sources, our discussions during our gender unit, and your own knowledge and experience, identify a specific problem that relates to gender (some suggestions, though you are not limited to these: the wage gap, female identity & stereotypes, male identify & stereotypes, the influence of media and popular culture on gender identity, problems dealing with children and parental expectations, etc.). Be sure to explain this issue and create an argument as to why it is problematic
define a concrete solution
that will work to either eradicate or alleviate the problem you identified. (Keep in mindyou aren’t necessarily expected to come up with a plan to solve all the world’s evils in regards to gender stereotypes. Your plan can be a means to educate and create awareness, to raise sensitivity and empathy, to help children and young people who feel oppressed, to help parents or schools, etc.)
In order to complete this assignment correctly, you will need to include: claim(s) of fact, claim(s) of value, and claim(s) of policy.
Sources (use at least 3 of theseyou may use more):
Source A (Representation)
“The Mask You Live In” Video
Source B (Watson)
Emma Watson speech at the UN
Source C (Autocomplete)
“Autocomplete Ad Addresses Gender Equality”
Source D (Cann)
“2095: The Year of Gender Equality in the Workplace, Maybe” http://www.weforum.org/news/2095yeargenderequalityworkplacemaybe Source E (Sweet)
“Toys Are More Divided By Gender than They Were 50 Years Ago” http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/12/toysaremoredividedbygendernowthantheywere50 yearsago/383556/
Source F (Yerby)
“Gender Roles in Disney Animation”
Source G (Morris)
“Go On, Use the F Word”
Source H (Witt)
“Parental Influence on Children’s Socialization to Gender Roles” http://gozips.uakron.edu/~susan8/parinf.htm
Source I (Maatz)
“The Awful Truth Behind the Gender Pay Gap”
Source J (Friends)
clip from “Friends”
Source K (Sakowitz)
“I’m an Engineer, Not a Cheerleader” http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/innovations/wp/2014/02/26/imanengineernotacheerleaderletsaband onsillyrulesaboutgenderroles/
Source L (Reyes)
“Men Are Stuck in Gender Roles”
1) Essay should be typed and
doublespaced in 12 point Times New Roman font.
2) You must use
at least 3
of the given sources, but you may use more than that. I would recommend not to
use more than 6 sources.
3) You should create a works cited page that includes only
the sources that you cite in your paper. ...
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