Please note: As far as the films go, I have seen all three of them. You will get no credit for a summary of the plot or review of the film. For any credit at all, answer the question(s) posed, based on the events and characters portrayed in the movie.
Important information concerning plagiarism: There are numerous on-line reviews and discussions of the films that are part of some of these assignments. Turning in a cut-and-paste job using these constitutes cheating, as does turning work other than your own. Detecting cheating of this sort is remarkably easy. Such cheating on any of your submissions will result in ZERO credit for ALL of your extra credit assignments at a minimum. Examples which, in my sole opinion, are particularly egregious will result in an “F” for the course. Its best if you beg, borrow, or pirate a copy of the film, view it, and then answer the rather easy question(s) about it.
1) After viewing the 2004 film “Kinsey”, write a one page discussion focusing on the following points:
Methods used to gather data including sample selection.
State of knowledge of actual sexual practices prior to Kinsey’s work and public reaction to the more accurate picture of typical sexual practices the work provided.
2) After viewing the 1995 film “Philadelphia” starring Tom Hanks, discuss the myths, stereotypes, and misconceptions concerning HIV/AIDS that the movie portrays. While this film is a bit older, it provides a good look at HIV/AIDS issues of an earlier time.
3) Complete the work sheet, “Is this harassment”, “ATTACHED” IN additional materials section.
4) After viewing the 2007 Argentine film “XXY”, discuss what action or intervention you would have taken as a parent, if Alex were your child. Do you agree or disagree with the movie parent’s actions/intentions at the beginning of the film?; at the end of the film?
Note: this film is in Spanish and as far as I know, no English language (dubbed) version is available. Subtitled versions are available, but not through all streaming sources.
BIO Extra Credit,
IS THIS HARASSMENT?
For each scenario below, decide whether sexual harassment occurred, whether it was mild, moderate, or severe, what the “perpetrator” could or should have done differently, and what the “victim” could do about the problem or potential problem.
1. Your college instructor is warm, friendly, and one of those people who like to touch others in a compassionate manner. Her students like her, she touches many of them on the shoulder when she works with them, and she hugs past students who come back to visit her. After twenty years, she is shocked when the Dean calls her into his office because a former student has complained that her friendly touches created a hostile work environment for her, which explains the poor grade this student got in the class.
2. A female student has asked a male student to stop asking her out on dates and to stop paying her compliments. He continues to sit next to her (she hasn’t moved her seat) and he stares at her throughout most of each class, but he has stopped talking to her.
3. A teacher notices that one of his students has a crush on him. Both are adults, and when they talk after class she has made it clear that she would like to date him. He tells her that they could get together to work on her academic standing, which has been slipping recently. During a tutoring session, his attraction to her gets the better of him and he talks her into having sex with him, saying it won’t hurt her grade. She gets a “C” for the course.
4. A construction worker whistles and applauds as an attractive woman walks by his construction site every day. The woman always quickens her pace to get past the building as fast as possible, but every once in a while she smiles a little, suggesting that she enjoys being found attractive. The worker’s buddy pokes him and says he could be putting the company at risk for a sexual harassment lawsuit, but the worker doesn’t think that’s likely to happen and continues to whistle and applaud at attractive women.
5. A female coworker asks a male coworker out for dinner. He says he does not want to go. The woman threatens to tell their supervisor that the man has been sexually harassing her if he does not accept her invitation.
6: State the sexual harassment policy on this campus, and what steps students can take if they believe they are being sexually harassed.