Queer Webcomics

Hello All,

I assigned you the webcomic Dar and showed you some other Queer webcomics in class recently.  Here are the links and MLA citations for them.  You CAN choose to write about one or more of these for your final research paper; we will talk more about that in class tomorrow.

  • Dar: A Super Girly Top Secret Comic Diary(CLICK HERE)
    • Citation: Moen, Erika.  Dar: A Super Girly Top Secret Comic Diary.  29 December 2009.  http://www.darcomic.com/
  •   Rooster Tails (CLICK HERE)
    • Citation: Orchard, Sam.  Rooster Tails.  3 May 2017.  http://www.roostertailscomic.com/
  • Robot Hugs (CLICK HERE)
    • Citation: R.H.  Robot Hugs.  20 April 2017.  http://www.robot-hugs.com/
  •   Shades of A (CLICK HERE)
    • I did not mention this webcomic in class, but I feel as if I may not have given enough consideration to asexual/ace identity this semester.  This webcomic is a parody of the infamous 50 Shades of Grey, but one of the main characters is asexual.
    • This is NOT AT ALL safe for work!!!
    • Content warning: there are fairly explicit depictions and discussion of fetish and BDSM practices.  (However, they are MUCH more respectfully and fairly addressed than in 50 Shades of Grey!)
    • Citation: Kimpton, K.A.  Shades of A.  1 January 2013.  http://www.discordcomics.com/comic/shades-cover/
  • The Princess (CLICK HERE)
    • Again, this is a webcomic I did not mention in class.
    • It is a very family-friendly and sweet narrative about a Trans* girl.  Also, one of her best friends is gender-fluid.
    • Based on what I’ve read in the comments, it seems like some parents of Trans* children have used this webcomic as a resource and a teaching tool for themselves and their children.
    • Citation: Smith, Christine.  The Princess.  2017.  http://www.theprincesscomic.com/

Enjoy,

Prof. Jaime Weida

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Extra-Credit Opportunity

Hello All,

I have talked about this in class more than once but I realized that I never formally posted it on the website.  This is another extra-credit opportunity for all of you; see below.

Please remember that extra credit does NOT make up for missing a homework or essay assignment.  Instead, it is added in only AFTER you have completed all assigned work.  It is mainly useful if you land up on the edge of a higher grade for your final class grade; for example, if your final class grade is a very high B+, doing extra credit can bump it up to an A-.

Extra Credit: Stonewall Inn

  • Visit the Stonewall Inn.  Please note that if you are under 21, you should be able to get in just to look around if you go before 6 PM and you ask nicely (tell them that you are doing an assignment for your college Queer Literature class).
  • CLICK HERE for directions to the Stonewall.
  • Look around, keeping the history of the building in mind.  If you feel comfortable doing so, you could even talk to some of the staff and customers.
  • WRITE AT LEAST ONE FULL PAGE about your thoughts, impressions, and comments regarding the Stonewall and your visit there.
  • THIS ASSIGNMENT IS DUE BY 7 PM ON THURSDAY 5/25 (SAME AS THE DUE DATE FOR OUR FINAL PAPER).

Best,

Prof. Jaime Weida

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Two Current Petition Campaigns that Might Interest Some of You…

Hello All,

As you may have seen in the news, it is likely that tomorrow (Thursday 5/4), Trump will issue his “religious freedom” Executive Order.  According to Salon, it would “allow broad exemptions for ‘any organization, including closely held for-profit corporations’ who have a religious objection to same-sex marriages or the gender identity of transgender people.  These exemptions apply to social service agencies, healthcare providers, institutions of higher learning, employers, and even the federal government, which amounts to just about every sector of public life.”  Essentially, under the order many organizations would be able to create anti-Queer (and sexist) hiring and service policies based upon their stated religious beliefs.  The ACLU is calling it “a license to discriminate.”

The ACLU is currently asking people who opposed this EO to send messages to the White House.  (They have also vowed to sue if Trump signs the order.)  Click the image below for the page where you can send your message:

The Stonewall Inn was granted Historic Landmark status by President Obama, which basically keeps it from being torn down or turned into a chain store.  Last week Trump signed an EO to review Stonewall’s status as an Historic Landmark.  Click the image below to sign the Equality PAC petition to preserve its protected status:

(Please note that I am in no way trying to influence or judge anyone’s political and/or personal beliefs about these or similar issues.  I am passing along information that relates to our class content and might be of interest to some of you.)

Best,

Prof. Jaime Weida

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Reminder: Revision of Mini-Research Paper Due Weds. 5/3!

Hello All,

Please don’t forget that the revision of our mini-research paper is due IN CLASS WEDNESDAY 5/3!

This is an OPTIONAL revision (unless I noted on your first draft that you MUST revise).  If you CHOOSE not to submit a revision tomorrow, your grade for this essay will be the grade you received on your first draft.

CLICK HERE for a post from one of my ENG201 websites that contains some tips for revising.

Also recall that on Monday I said I wanted each of you to pick a page from the Dar webcomic that YOU personally find compelling (and no picking the last page – we went over it in class Monday!).  Please bookmark/print out the page you choose and come to class prepared to discuss it.

CLICK HERE for the Dar webcomic.

See you all tomorrow,

Prof. Jaime Weida

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New Reading for Monday 5/1

Hello All,

For our next class on Monday 5/1, please read the webcomic Dar: A Super Girly Top Secret Diary.

Click on the picture of the author, Erica Mohen, to read the comic.  Please be aware: this is NOT safe for work and contains some very graphic content!

 

Best,

Prof. Jaime Weida

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Upcoming Things

Hello All,

Here are reminders about important upcoming assignments and due dates.

Monday 4/24:

  • In-class viewing of PBS documentary on the Stonewall Uprising

Wednesday 4/26:

Wednesday 5/3:

  • REVISION OF MINI-RESEARCH PAPER DUE IN CLASS!

Monday 5/8:

  • HOMEWORK DUE
    • This assignment involves creative writing.
    • Pretend YOU were present at the Stonewall Uprising.  It is completely up to you how you want to imagine you were there – you can be one of the people attending the club, an onlooker who saw what happened, or even a police officer if you want.  Use your imagination!
    • Write AT LEAST ONE FULL PAGE discussing your observations of the event, what you thought, and how you responded.  For example:
      • If you were someone attending the club that night, did you fight back against the officers arresting people, or did you try to get away?  Why?
      • If you were someone watching what was happening from the outside, how did you react?  Did you join the uprising?  How did you feel about what was going on?
      • If you were a police officer, did you willingly join in the raid on Stonewall?  Did you willingly arrest people?  Did you maybe join the uprising?
      • These are only a FEW possibilities – use your imagination!  🙂
    • Be as creative and descriptive as you can.  Make sure to establish who you “are” and how you came to observe the uprising.
    • It might help to write this in letter or journal format.  For example:
      • I can’t believe what happened last night.  I was out at the Stonewall Inn like always.  I know it’s kind of grimy, but there are so few places in the city where I can dance with other men and hold their hands and maybe even kiss without fearing for my life.  I hate that I have to keep my identity secret all the rest of the time, which is why I keep going back to the Stonewall.  We get raided by the NYPD often; it’s something we’ve come to expect.  But last night was different…
      • Dear Maria, I know I haven’t written you in a long time but something really important just happened.  I think this might mean real change in this country; we are starting to fight back!  You know I don’t blame you for moving away.  I miss you every day but I understand that your family is important to you and they couldn’t stand that you were with another woman.  I’ll admit that I’ve often gone to the Stonewall Inn since you left and sometimes hooked up with women; I’ve been lonely without you.  I was headed there late at night a few days ago.  I saw police cars and crowds of people and heard sirens.  You won’t believe what I’m about to tell you!…
      • I was on my way home last night after a late-night shift.  My route home takes me by the Stonewall Inn.  I’m not gay, but I have never had a problem with the fact that the Stonewall is a gay club.  I think it’s not fair that gay people in NYC still have to hide who they are.  I was exhausted and half-asleep on the walk home, but I woke up in a hurry when I saw what was going on at the Stonewall Inn…
      • This is my letter of resignation.  I have worked for the NYPD for twenty years and have received several commendations and helped bust one of the biggest drug dealers in the city.  However, I can not continue to work for the NYPD.  I vowed to “protect and serve” the people of New York City.  The raid on the Stonewall Inn last week, in which I was ordered to take part, did not protect or serve anyone.  Instead, it targeted the citizens of our great city who are in the most need of protection…
    •    Be creative and use your imagination!  This is meant to be a fun assignment.

Best,

Prof. Jaime Weida

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Links to Class Readings

Hello All,

As you all know, I am having ongoing, INCREDIBLY FRUSTRATING problems with posting our class readings since recent updates to Dropbox (my file hosting service).  I am working on it and in the short term I am going to send out PDFs of our most recent readings to the class email list.  You’ll have those before our next class.

However, there is one way you can access ALL the readings on our website right now: sign up for a Dropbox account.  It is easy, free, and actually isn’t a bad place to store your files online for personal use.

CLICK HERE to sign up for a Dropbox account.

One note: DO NOT sign up for the upgraded version where you have to pay.  I only did that because I thought it would fix the problems with the links to our readings (it obviously didn’t!).  But the free version will give you access to every reading on our website.

Best,

Prof. Jaime Weida

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