GNDR 333 – Spring 2016
Targeted Reaction Papers:
A reaction paper requires you to analyze and react to the readings assigned for that week. The purpose of the assignment is to focus your thinking on a topic after a close examination of the source material.
What to Do:
Read the texts for the week carefully.
Think about a couple of major points you want to articulate in your reaction paper.
- You obviously cannot cover everything in the text(s) for the week.
- You can choose to focus on JUST ONE of the texts. This could include focusing on one of the excerpted texts in the reader.
- You can choose to focus on one of your Discussion Questions and write about that with reference to multiple readings.
- Make sure your paper shows you clearly understand the readings (without summarizing the readings!).
- Think about things like:
- The author’s purpose or motive for writing the text.
- The author’s thesis statement.
- Strengths and weaknesses of the text.
- Was the text convincing? How does the text relate to other readings? Is the author one-sided? What assumptions does the author make?
- How does the text interact with other feminist theories? How does it enhance our understanding of feminism?
- You can also react to the piece on a personal level—as long as you stick close to the text and show your understanding of it. How do you react to the text? How does it relate to your experience? What questions does the text raise for you—about the material, about other things?
- Make sure your paper has a clear conclusion and doesn’t just peter out. The conclusion shouldn’t just be a reiteration of your thesis—it should emphasize the significance of the issues you’ve addressed, ask additional questions or make connections to keep the reader thinking, or synthesize complicated thinking in a way that creates new meaning.
- Please proofread your reaction paper carefully to avoid any grammatical mistakes or typos. Make sure your arguments are clear and your paper has a clean structure.
What Not To Do
- Don’t summarize what you read. I read it too.
- Don’t forget to use evidence from the text(s) to back up your points! Cite direct quotes and specific arguments with page numbers.
Exploitation of Women in Unwaged Work for the Family
In this reaction paper, I will discuss the exploitation of women in unwaged work for the family as one of the sources of gender inequality. This exploitation mainly comes about because of gender consciousness and stereotypes about race and gender.
Women are considered to naturally possess attributes of caregiving. Unfortunately, they are exploited because their work in the home is not recognized as work, but rather as nurturance and care done for love (Lorber 71). During and after the industrial revolution, this role was cemented as any goods previously made at home were then being mass-produced. Women were therefore expected to stay at home and take care of the children and maintain the home while their husbands worked to bring home the bacon. This domestic labour was unpaid yet expected to be carried out daily.
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