1. In 2-3 sentences, sum up the reading “The Social Construction of Gender” by Judith Lorber. What is her argument? How does the author support her argument?
2. _________ are conceptualized as the mental representations individuals construct and then use to make sense of their experience, including their own and others’ behavior.
Answer the following questions. Refer to specific scene examples in each response.
- How is the social construction of gender depicted in the film But I’m a Cheerleader? Use analysis of two specific scene examples to explain your answer.
- Sexual scripts are expectations that are based on heterosexual relationships. They generally are untaught scripts that people learn through socialization. Explain how sexual scripts are changed to fit same sex partnerships or relationships in the film But I’m a Cheerleader. Do these expectations fit with same sex couples? Why or why not? Give at least two specific examples from the film.
- In what ways does But I’m a Cheerleader utilize Queer Theory and/or contribute to New Queer Cinema as a whole?