This is an informal homework assignment, not an essay. It is ungraded and counts for credit only (full credit if you do it and no credit if you don’t).
It may be hand-written.
Please answer the following questions:
- What do you think of when you hear the word “Queer?”
- Why did you decide to take this course?
- What do you hope to gain from this course (BESIDES an A/credits towards graduation)?
- Is there anything in particular you would like us to cover this semester?
- What are your preferred pronouns?
This will be due in class, NOT by email.
Prof. Jaime Weida
Below is a partial list of terms I will be using in our class.
Be aware: this is how I use these terms. You may encounter other people using them to mean different things, or you may use them differently. One of the basic tenets of Queer theory is the individual’s right to identify and name themself as they choose.
- Sex: One’s chromosomal designation (such as XX, XY, or other), which is often assigned at birth.
- Intersex: A general term used for a variety of conditions in which a person is born with a chromosomal designation, reproductive, and/or sexual anatomy that doesn’t seem to fit the “normative” definitions of female or male.
- Gender: The socially constructed roles, behaviors, activities, and attributes that a given society considers “normative” for one’s sex assigned at birth
- Lesbian: Someone who identifies as female and is romantically and/or sexually attracted to other women.
- Gay: Someone who is romantically and/or sexually attracted to others of their same sex and/or gender. The term “gay” is often used to refer exclusively to men.
- Bisexual: Someone who is romantically and/or sexually attracted to both men and women.
- Pansexual: Someone who is romantically and/or sexually attracted to a variety of genders and sexes. The term “omnisexual” is also used. Some people use the terms “bisexual,” “pansexual,” and/or “omnisexual” interchangeably.
- Asexual: Someone who, to a greater or lesser degree, does not experience sexual attraction and/or desire. However, many people who identify as asexual experience romantic and/or emotional attraction and may physically enjoy sex. Some people also use the term “Ace.”
- Trans*: A designation that encompasses all the many non-cisgender identities within the gender identity spectrum.
- Cisgender: Someone who identifies as the gender “conventionally” associated with their sex assigned at birth.
- Transgender: Someone who does not identify as the gender “conventionally” associated with their sex assigned at birth.
- Transsexual: Someone who has undergone some degree of gender/genital assignment surgery. However, some people within the Queer community do not like or use this term.
- Transvestite: Someone who “cross-dresses” by dressing as the gender opposite that conventionally associated with their sex. However, some people within the Queer community do not like or use this term.
- Passing: When used in regards to Trans* people, being easily identified by others as one’s preferred sex/gender.
- Ze/Hir: Gender-neutral pronouns used by some members of the Queer and Trans* community in place of binary gender pronouns and pronoun construction (s/he, him/her, etc.)
- Queer: Someone who, to a greater or lesser degree, does not conform to/identify with heteronormative concepts of sex and gender. Queer is sometimes used as an “umbrella term” to describe many different identities and sexualities.
Prof. Jaime Weida
This is the class website for Professor Jaime Weida’s ENG346-1800 course at BMCC. Please regularly check all the sections of this site for important course information.
We meet on MONDAYS AND WEDNESDAYS FROM 6:00PM – 7:15 PM IN FITERMAN 210.
You can find the course syllabus HERE.
THERE ARE NO REQUIRED BOOKS FOR THIS CLASS. ALL READINGS WILL BE POSTED UNDER THE “READINGS” TAB ON THIS WEBSITE IN THE ORDER THAT WE WILL BE READING THEM.
(However, I strongly suggest purchasing the book Queer: A Graphic History by Meg-John Barker and Julia Scheele. You can buy it on Amazon HERE.)
PLEASE BE AWARE OF A FEW THINGS:
- ALL STUDENTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR REGULARLY CHECKING THIS WEBSITE AND PRINTING OUT READINGS IF YOU CAN’T ACCESS THEM ON YOUR MOBILE DEVICE DURING CLASS. I WILL NOT BE PROVIDING PRINTED COPIES OF COURSE READINGS.
- If you access this website on a mobile device, it may look different than it does on a computer. I strongly recommend downloading the WordPress app.
- IN ORDER TO ACCESS THE COURSE READINGS FROM COMPUTERS ON BMCC CAMPUS, YOU WILL NEED TO CREATE A *FREE* DROPBOX ACCOUNT. YOU CAN DO SO HERE.
LGBT*Q+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, and Queer)-related terminology can be confusing for those unfamiliar with it. Although there is no “absolute” vocabulary and definitions list, a useful guide can be found on the BMCC Safe Zone website HERE.
- Information about our class and a form you can use to directly contact me
- The schedule of assignments for our class. I will update it regularly.
- All readings for our class, listed in the order we will be reading them.
- A list of links and resources in and outside BMCC that will help you pass this course