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1 TUESDAY Guest Speaker Professor Vorris Nunley from English and African and African American Studies Read Szwed (3 short chapters available in Electronic Reserve). Download and print handout “Important Elements of Jazz” in Class Notes folder (in the Lessons tab)

2 American Landscapes: Locating Space on Our Critical Map Kristin Jacobson Pennsylvania State University

3 Geography Matters A geographical curiosity matters because it casts a critical eye on the everyday.

4 Key Terms: Gender A term that describes the cultural assumptions about the differences between men and women. What roles & characteristics are assigned to men and women in society? Men: Strong, Aggressive Women: Emotional, Accommodating

5 Key Terms: Gender “Natural/Physical” vs. “Cultural” Connotations of Gender/Sex Gender (for our purposes today) denotes the “literal” and “metaphorical” differences ascribed to men and women.

6 Key Terms: Gendered Space Gendered Space Masculine Space--Oppositional Closed, Defined: Clear boundaries Ordered Phallic (Skyscraper) Feminine Space--Relational Fluid, Changing: Changing boundaries Disordered/Wild Womb-like (Cave/Home)

7 Departure Point 1: Space is Gendered/Raced/Classed “The design and use of our built environment is determined in part by assumptions about gender roles and relations.” –Mona Domosh & Joni Seager, Putting Women in Place (xxi).

8 Everyday Gendered Space: The Restroom Why do we have separate public bathrooms for men & women but we share the same bathroom at home? What assumptions about gender does this built environment--separate public bathrooms--make? Why are there different “standards” for public and private environments?

9 Geographical curiosity matters because it reveals how ideas about gender, race and class are often fixed in our everyday places and spaces.

10 Departure Point 2: Space Shapes Who We Are “... spatial organization and relations are not simply a neutral backdrop for human dramas, but instead help to shape them.” –Mona Domosh & Joni Seager, Putting Women in Place (xxi).

11 Everyday Gendered Space: The Home Who uses each room in your home? Who does the majority of the decorating to the interior of your home? Who usually cleans the home? Who does the majority of yard work for your family? Where is your home located? If both your parents work, does your mother or your father have the furthest commute? Do you live near a shopping mall or a golf course?

12 Everyday Gendered Spaces: Skylines & the Natural World Built Environment: What makes a city’s skyline impressive? What message did the Twin Towers’ design send to those who saw them? Natural Environment: Why do we often refer to nature as a “she”? Why do we have a “Mother Nature” and not a “Father Nature”?

13 A geographical curiosity matters because it takes seriously how POWER RELATIONS can be reflected and maintained in our built and natural landscapes.

14 Geographical Curiosity What does it mean to live in an environment that enforces/reflects gender difference? How does our environment enforce/reflect class difference? How does our environment enforce/reflect racial difference?

15 Small Group Work Building on or away from the ideas presented today and in Betsky’s and Kouwenhoven’s articles, discuss the gendered/classed/raced geographies of one or more of the following places: The Penn State Campus A Shopping Mall World Trade Towers in NYC McDonald’s (or other fast food restaurant)

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