Project #91148 - women studies

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The timing for this assignment actually worked out for me because Halloween was my birthday and I already had dinner plans with some friends.  My friends included three Asian males and two Asian females.  Two of the Asian males are childhood friends and the third male and the two Asian females are Electrical Engineering students at NCSU like me.  To my surprise, no one else has taken this course before so my goal was to intrigue them enough to want to take this course.  Everyone around the table are your average heterosexual college students.  We had a good amount of diversity because some of us were raised in America while some have only been here for a couple of years.  The topics that I decided to bring up for dinner were intersexed children and just the general topic of the lack of female presence in the STEM community.  I brought up the first topic of intersexed children because I wanted to see how many of my friends were aware of the prevalence of the situation.  I chose the second topic just to open up conversation because I felt like everyone would have an opinion on it. 

                For the topic of intersexed children, I gave them a quick overview of the discussions we had on Moodle during Unit 7.  I gave them the definition and I let them know that it was a pretty common occurrence and as stated in the documentary Intersexion, it occurs in approximately 1 in 2000 births.  I also brought up the fact that most of these children are assigned a gender shortly after birth and referring back to the documentary, most of the intersexed adults would have chosen not to have gone through the numerous surgeries.  Everyone was pretty stunned when they heard how often it occurred.  Then I asked the all-important question.  Should gender be assigned when the children are born or should they hold off until the child is old enough to make their own choice?  Everyone agreed that they should wait unless it is a medical emergency and harmful to the baby.  One of the females said that taking away someone’s right to choose how they live their life is morally and ethically wrong.  I was hoping someone would play the devil’s advocate but it turned out to be a fruitful conversation nonetheless.  This was a topic that the females in our group got more into than the males and I think that it is because the females are more open-minded by nature than the males. 

                After dinner I asked everyone how they felt about the lack of women representation in the STEM education and careers.  I went back to Unit 5 for this one and brought up Wendy Faulkner’s paper “Can Women Engineers be ‘Real Engineers’ and ‘Real Women’? Gender In/Authenticity in Engineering.”.  I summarized the article for them and asked them if women can be pretty and heterosexual AND also be an engineer.  This was interesting because both of the females that were there were engineering students.  They agree that just from walking around the engineering campus, it is definitely male dominated.  The males also agreed that we need to get more women in the STEM fields but I have a feeling they have ulterior motives for their agreements.  I asked the females how they got interested in engineering and one said it was because her dad is an engineer.  The other one said she wanted to make an impact for the better on how people lived.  We all agreed that those were good reasons and feel like there should be more ads whether in newspapers, magazines, or television portraying women doing things in the STEM fields.



Faulkner, W. (2014). Can Women Engineers be ‘Real Engineers’ and ‘Real Women’? Gender In/Authenticity in Engineering. In Gender in Science and Technology (pp. 187-203). Wetzlar: Majuskel Medienproduktion GmbH.

Lahood, G. (2015). Intersexion - Full Gender Documentary [Video file]. Retrieved from





Last night I cooked dinner for my girlfriend, my two roommates and one of their girlfriends. So there were three males and two females in all. Everyone there were white, middle class, heterosexual Americans. The two males and I all go to NC State and the two females attend Meredith College. We focused our talk on the role that men play in gender inequality (unit 2 of this course). Due to time constraints I did not ask them to read the material or watch the Ted Talk, I simply summarized the Kaufman article and the Ted Talk by Katz highlighting the key points when we first set down. I asked them to give a roundabout definition of what they considered gender inequality to be. All 3 of the men said they did not really see gender inequality in life besides unequal pay in the work field. The 2 women gave a much more in depth definition and gave examples of career choices, body imaging, child birth/care and the unequal pay that the men eluded too.

I did not go completely in depth on the points made by the articles because I did not want to persuade their responses. The discussion began with Katz point about society referring to gender inequality as a women’s issue. The females jumped all over this and were very passionate that this was correct while the males weren’t sure why it would be a men’s issue if they were in the dominant group. I then explained to them Katz bystander attitude and showed them that if they didn’t speak up against the gender inequality then they were adding to the inequality. This made a real impact on the males in the group because they didn’t really understand that they were adding to the inequality by just doing nothing. The two women said they felt awkward when standing up against these gender inequalities because they were so imbedded into our culture. This made the men realize that they do play a large role in the gender inequality problem because they are able to stand up against these inequalities easier than the women are able too.

After discussing Katz video we then moved on to Kaufman’s article “Addressing and Involving Men and Boys to Promote Gender Equality and End Gender Discrimination and Violence”. I explained to them that Kaufman was focused on destroying the underlying effects of gender inequality and how the absence of men and boys only further widened the gap that was already present. I also explained some of the politics he promoted such as bringing funds to programs that would support gender equality and Kaufman’s white ribbon campaign. The boys advocated that they would take the pledge and stand up against gender inequality. Also, they all suggested that added funds for women programs and male programs that supported gender inequality could only better the gender divide. I asked the males if they felt a personal connection, as Kaufman said that was the only way to make a real difference, and the two males both said they didn’t find it personal but they felt more connected now than they did at the beginning of the conversation. The males finally acknowledged that they were part of the gender equation and therefore it was important for them to actively participate in the gender inequality that we face which was the main goal of this dinner conversation.


Katz, J. (2012, November 1). Violence against women- it's a men's issue. Retrieved November 2, 2015, from


Kaufman, M. (2003, March 31). Addressing and Involving Men and Boys to Promote Gender Equality and End Gender Discrimination and Violence. Retrieved November 2, 2015, from




I am a member of the engineering village living and learning community, and for my dinner party, I chose a group of students that are currently, or previously were in STEM majors. I tried to get a group of students from diverse backgrounds in order to get a wide variety of perspectives on diversity at NC State, and in STEM. After discussing the issues of gender and diversity in STEM and at school, we discussed the more overarching issues of gender in society with a focus on technology. There was one Caucasian woman in engineering, one Caucasian male who switched from engineering to a mostly female major (fashion and textile management), two male African American engineering students, and one Caucasian male engineering student. No one in the dinner but me had ever taken a women and gender studies class. 

It became very apparent that everyone in the group agreed that ethnic diversity and gender diversity were beneficial, and that equality should be striven for. The conversation was not very political in nature and so individual political beliefs didn't seem to show. One member of the dinner said that she would like to see equality seen as less of a partisan issue, and something that is viewed independently of other politics. Much of the focus of the beginning of the conversation was on the lack of diversity in STEM and engineering at NCSU. I asked everyone at the dinner to individually address their perspective on diversity and gender/racial equality in their programs at STEM. The female engineer immediately said that she was aware of the lack of women in her field, but she felt like it pushed her to work harder because she was motivated to disprove stereotypes. The group agreed as a whole that it is more challenging when you don't see your demographic represented in your field and that in many STEM programs at state, females and some races and ethnicities were under-represented. I asked the group what could be done to fix the problem, and the students agreed curriculum change and demographic mentoring were very effective. I talked about Reflections on Black Women in the Ivory Tower from unit 3 and a paper for our bibliography about a very successful minority mentoring program at LSU (Wilson 2015). One student said he had two designated mentors as part of programs targeted at minorities and he felt that they were very useful. 

The group said that in society as a whole, views on gender roles were changing to become more equal, but a lot more work was needed to reach equality. One of the engineers said that it is becoming more common and acceptable for women to be the primary breadwinners for households, and that he perceived more  women being given positions of power in society, even if it wasn't equal to men. The dynamic of gender conversation caused by Hillary Clinton's campaign was discussed. The group agreed that the youth of the country was much more supportive of gender equality, and time will help bring us to a more equal place. The group also agreed that individuals should address inequality the see around them in life as a method of activism. The plan of action seemed to be never being silent about things that we see that are unequal. 

Wilson, Zakiya S et al. “Hierarchical Mentoring: A Transformative Strategy for Improving Diversity and Retention in Undergraduate STEM Disciplines.” J Sci Educ Technol (2011): n. pag. Web. 18 Oct. 2015.


    Hruda, Simone P. "Reflections on Black Women in the Ivory Tower" Youtube, 2009. Web 3 Nov. 2015.



For my dinner I tried to get as diverse a group of friends and acquaintances that I associated with as I could. It was a group of 8, consisting of me, a straight white male, a gay white male couple, an African American male, an African American female, an Indian female following Hinduism, a Middle Eastern male from a Muslim family, and his white female girlfriend. The African American friends and the white female follow Christianity. The gay white couple and myself don't follow any particular religion. The conversations spanned from many different topics usually involving the acceptance of their identity to both themselves and to others. The largest topic of debate would have to be acceptance of "unconventional" love. Having a gay couple and a interracial couple there, they shared many unpleasant experiences of not being accepted by not only other people, but their own families. The gay couple talked of how they each had family members struggle to accept them as family once they came out and how horrible it feels to not be able to tell new acquaintances to not risk being outcast or judged. The middle eastern male, my good friend, has told me many times about how his girlfriend's dad had trouble accepting her dating him in lieu of the events of 9/11 that happened 14 years ago. He told about not only this but having to grow up hearing jokes about him being a terrorist and jokes about bombs and planes. We discussed body image and self acceptance after this, the white female and African American female both felt that their image was not ideal or good enough in their minds. They told of their struggles to maintain a small size and the white female told of how she's considered drastic measures such as bulimia. The African American male told of how dating outside his race could be difficult and that he's had many girls straight up tell him that, "they don't date black guys," and how it's affected him mentally. We felt that the only way to end this notion of racism and interracial dating being taboo is the keep pushing it in popular culture and media so that gradually, each generation accepts it as the norm and no one even takes a second glance at it. The African American and white female are engineering majors so her stories tied right in with the articles we've read on the struggles of women in STEM fields. They told of their lack of numbers and fellow females in their majors, as stated and shown in the articles of under representation in STEM. I asked them how the professors and males perceive them and they said in some cases, they felt like they weren't be taken seriously or given extras praise for an achievement due to being female. I attempted link our discussion with the article about the perception of 'real women' in science and what a scientist is to the media. They agreed taht they were seen differently by many of their peers and given special treatment by men. We've decided to join several groups and seminars on some of these issues as they arise and will be more forward minded and progressive. It was a good gathering and we honestly learned a lot about each other and what each other has to go through each day. 



Faulkner, W. (2014). Can Women Engineers be ‘Real Engineers’ and ‘Real Women’? Gender In/Authenticity in Engineering. In Gender in Science and Technology (pp. 187-203)

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