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I have added
the list of sign-on names to the WebX access list for this program. I seem
to be missing a few. Please contact one of us by email if you need to be
added to the access list. I have now closed the list to outsiders, and we
would like everyone in the class to be able to access it. If you find that
you're unable to read or post to the discussion, make sure that you are
logged in. Please let one of us know if you are having trouble reading or
Several of you have had questions about the readings described in the syllabus
for 19 October. I need to update the webpage. The three chapters by Jared
Diamond, from The Third Chimpanzee, discusses sexual selection as
applied to humans. Dr Tatiana talked about the evolution of sex ratios in
our reading last week. And rather than China, we have a brief article on India.
And, of course the readings in social sciences.
release from the NIH: The human genome is even smaller than we thought,
with only 20,000 to 25,000 genes.
Here is a good
site for an introduction
to cell biology. I
suggest the sections on the cell
cycle and mitosis and
about learning the names of the stages of the cell cycle and cell division.
I just want you to have an understanding of the fundamental differences between
the two types of cell division, because it's essential for understanding asexual
and sexual reproduction.
101 covers the basics. Understanding the fundamentals of Mendelian
genetics is a useful contribution to the understanding of evolution by
natural selection. A more sophisticated coverage of these topics is in Life:
The Science of Biology chapters 10-12. There is much more detail
there than you need, but some of the animations and excercises are nice.
be intimidated by the vocabulary, and don't worry about the details. For
an indication of what I think would be useful for you to know, or not, see
from STAR: The Society for Trans Action and Resources
(STAR) at the Evergreen State College exists in order to provide resources,
support and opportunities for activism for the Evergreen and local trans and
ally communities. This is our second year in existence and our first year
as a funded club. We meet on TUESDAYS at 4:00 PM in SEM2 in B2109
and everybody is welcome. This Tuesday marks our first meeting of
the year and will be used to decide on the group's goals and hopes for the
year. To receive information on STAR, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
and you will be added. On Monday, October 11th STAR will be supporting the
Evergreen Queer Alliance in their observation of National Coming Out Day.
Should you wish to come out for coming out day, EQA will be camped in Red
Square from 9:00 to 3:00. Readings
for this week (30 October):
At least one of your faculty, probably me (k), told some people to read some
papers that are actually listed several weeks later on the syllabus. If you
haven't read anything yet, please do the readings as listed on the syllabus
(on the web page) for this week. If you have read them, please try to do at
least some of the scheduled readings for this week .
this week we will have the quiz, to provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate
your understanding of the major facts and principles that we have discussed
so far in class.
A recent study
shows that male behavior in meadow voles (little mouse-like creatures) can
be changed from
monogamy to promiscuity by the action of a single gene. This
gene affects the production of a single protein that interacts with a hormone
called vasopressin. Vasopressin also occurs in humans.
Some of your
classmates have posted interesting and insightful comments, questions, and
responses on the web discussion. You can join the discussion using the link
at left. Let us know if you have trouble getting in. The chat room has been
in use also, so check it out, too. Don't just pop in for a second to see if
anyone's around -- stay for a few minutes while you're working on something,
to give someone a chance to find you. Checking in at an agreed-upon time,
such as Wednesdays at 8 pm, would increase the chances of encountering someone.
More on images
of women: Britney's Guide to
in humans: females, males.
Read a brief summary of conditions that result in "ambiguous
genitalia." Some intersex people dislike this term; see the Intersex
Society of North America.
(August 2004) published some interesting articles on intersexuality
(pdf file, 401 kB), with an emphasis on psychological and neurobiological
such as this
one, purport to show a difference in brain structure correlated with female
gender identity in genetic males. But another
that this brain difference doesn't develop until adulthood, while gender identity
is formed much earlier in life. Does it matter?
Read about women,
war, and male violence in Afghanistan
be sure to put the words sex, gender and evolution (or, as a minimum,
sex) in the subject heading of any emails to the faculty. This enables
us to pull up all class emails even when they've been pushed off the screen
and we don't happen to remember that your email name is Zargmog73@hotmail.com.
7 Nov) someone left a computer disk with their group project paper in the
library. Check at the reference desk.
Society and gender
diversity in Kuwait,
(of course no single case represents a whole society)
Did you miss
class the day we had the quiz? If so, you can download
it (MS-Word format) and do it as a take-home.
for 20 November for an update on the reading assignments.
Thanks to one
of your fellow students, you can get an update on campus activities
for the transgendered community and allies.
on Saturday, 20 November you will have an In-Class
will offer you the opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge you have acquired
in this program, the skills you have developed, your comprehension of the
key concepts, and your capacity to synthesize the material into a coherent
framework. You are strongly encouraged to arrive on time. This will be a closed-book
For a perspective
on transgendered identities, see here
(although it isn't clear whether the author self-identifies as transgendered
We prefer the
APA format (see also
for your papers. This provides standards on all aspects of formatting, including
Sexuality: An Encyclopedia contains a wide selection of short articles
on various topics. Most articles include citations of books and journal articles.
The Encyclopedia was published in 1994, so it is not entirely up-to-date.
There is a Library of Congress citation at the top of the contents page, for
citing this source in your papers.
is an excellent resource for locating peer-reviewed journal articles. Many
of the articles can be downloaded as full-text .pdf files. It's very simple
to use, and you can see here
for responses to frequently asked questions.
We have initiated
to help decide what topics we will include in winter quarter. The sooner you
join the conversation, the more you're likely to be heard.
The final days:
and suggestions concerning the difficulties of group work. Remember that
learning to collaborate and solve problems as a group is an important part
of the purpose of the projects.
is a radio show that discusses a range of issues concerning the diversity
of gender identity and expression. Programs are archived and available at
What does it
mean to be male or female if you're a plant? Why should a program interested
in human gender relations read about plants? We'll explore these questions
a bit in winter quarter. Meanwhile, here's a
grain of sand on the beach of science, from your resident plant geek.
See the list
of books for winter quarter. As we did in fall quarter, we will distribute
additional readings in class. The readings assigned the first week will be
handed out in class
Why do women
live longer than men? See here.
For those joining
the class this quarter, we have a packet of five articles for you
to read before the first class. You can find these outside my (kh)
office door, at B3110 Seminar II.
is scheduled for the 28th of January.
email computer system recently had a major hardware problem. Any emails sent
from or to a @evergreen.edu address after 5 January might have been lost.
any important emails.
There are more
men than women in science because of genetic
reasons, says the president of Harvard University.
Now he says that he
made a mistake. What
I'd really like to see is the letter sent to him, signed by over a hundred
forget the POTLUCK!!
Diligent greeners are welcome to bring their
own plates, bowls, cups, and utensils rather than use disposible stuff (which
will be available).
Friday 28 January,
the Drag Ball
(website not updated) will take place "at
8 pm, and will be in the Evergreen State College Longhouse. For a student
in their finest clothing the entrance fee will be three dollars, for a dazzlingly
dressed community member the price will be five dollars. there will be performances
throughout the evening by students and community members, as well as Honey
and Charley." See
29 JAN. This week we will meet in room A1105
rather than our habitual E1105. The rooms are virtually identical.
The A wing is immediately to the left as you cross the ramp
that connects Sem II with Red Square near the grassy knoll.
One of the participants
in this program has asked whether anyone in the class would be willing to
assist with note-taking. If you're willing to help, especially if you take
particularly organized and thorough notes of lectures, discussions, workshops,
and other class activities, please let me (k) know. We would only ask that
you allow me to photocopy your class notes to share with another student.
This might not require any extra effort on you part, and could be very helpful
for someone. Please contact me (k).
Read an article
about finger lengths
and personality on a website at Northumbria University in the United Kingdom.
The article is not peer-reviewed, but many citations are provided for further
research if you're interested.
twenty years later: read an article
by E.O. Wilson in which he discusses his intentions in writing the highly
controversial chapter 27 of his book Sociobiology: The New Synthesis,
published in 1975, and also discusses his interpretations of some of the reactions
to the book.
In the WebX online
discussion, program participants are discussing topics such as crows, tool
use, and gender, Joan Roughgarden's book, sociobiology, homophobia, and brain
differences. If you haven't yet registered, you can do that here.
Then send me an email and I can add you to the list. It's like an online seminar
- we'd like to hear what you have to say.
individual research ideas are now posted on the WebX discussion.
Here is an interesting
lecture-slide show on
kin selection and inclusive fitness.
Here is an article
by Joan Silk, an anthropologist, entitled Kin
Selection in Primate Groups (peer reviewed: International Journal of Primatology,
Vol. 23, No. 4; pdf format, 121KB) (html
version: a little messy, but quicker to download)
A good source
for cross-cultural studies is the Human Relations Area File, which is a "
database of ethnographic materials drawn from government, educational, research,
and cultural organization."
You can find the link on this
page. If you're connecting from off-campus, you'll need to enter your
name and Evergreen id number after clicking on the HRAF link.
Here is the handout
wimps dress as girls. (Cuttlefish are related to squid.)
of pair research projects: come to class prepared to give a summary of your
research in no more than five minutes. We'd prefer that you
not use visual aids (powerpoint etc.); that would just slow things
down. We'll have a few minutes for questions after each presentation, and
an overview/discussion afterwards. Your focus should be on a clear, concise
summary that highlights the essential points of your research.
the online discussion group there is a study group developing. If you're interested
in joing that or another group, please check the discussion. If you haven't
sent me your Webx registration, you can register here
with the name of your choice; let me know so i can add you to the access list.
Also, if you want to join the study group, let me (k) know and I'll pass on
of "History of Sexuality", Sex
Roles: A Journal of Research
why women live longer than men: women are far less likely to be struck
differences between males and females permanent?
structures, death, and inheritance
article illustrates why our discussion of kinship structures is much more
than an academic abstraction. It's in the New York Times for 18 Feb; after
24 Feb you can read the article in our closed discussion group.
Several new articles
are posted to our online
discussion. Please add your thoughts.
are the reading
questions (pdf format, 28KB) for the Boylan book.
Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA) announces Prevention
Connection: The Violence Against Women Prevention Partnership to build
the capacity of local, state, national and tribal agencies and organizations
to develop, implement and evaluate effective violence against women prevention
initiatives. This project includes online web conferences and an email listserver
discussion on violence prevention.
out the schedule for the International
Womens' Week on campus the first week of March.
Read an interview
with Jennifer Finney Boylan.
Here are the
guidelines for the individual
paper (pdf format, 67KB). This is a slightly revised version that might
be helpful if you're still unclear about the assignment.
Film Society is featuring two films this week that have sexuality and
gender identity as major components of the plot. The films, Kinsey
Education will be shown on Monday, Tuesday, and Thurs (schedule).
Bad Education continues next week.
Check the online
discussion for an article about being a transgendered college student.
Some things mentioned
in the discussion with Marsha, Roxanne, and Lincoln were the Harry
Bejamin International Gender Dysphoria Association, including the Standards
of Care, and the Ingersoll
Here are some
for queer-friendly counseling and support.
on Saturday 5 March there is a quiz
and your final papers are due
(see the reminders below).
Coming up September
2nd to 5th, 2005: FTM 2005: A Gender
Here is an excellent
list of books and other publications
on transgender issues.
few reminders about your paper:
Read about coping
who have been sexually abused.