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Beauty standards - Men

Beauty standards - Women


How do YOU fit in society?

To which societal groups do you belong? Society is merely a collection of individuals; however, each individual can fit into multiple groups and subgroups within each society. Take a few minutes and think about all the different groups with which you fit in. Write down a list of at least 15 groups you could fit in or challenge yourself and think of more! (It's a lot easier than it seems at first)

Think about your:

  • Gender
  • Age
  • Organizations
  • Religious Affiliations
  • Music Preference
  • Schools
  • Blood Type
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Medical Conditions
  • Hobbies
  • Nationality

In this class your diverse perspectives/opinions/ideas are more than welcome! Because we'll be having class discussions over race, class, gender and other hot topics, there will be opportunity for disagreements (which is great!). So, we need to spend a bit of time talking about civil discourse.

But first, let's watch this movie clip!

  • In what ways did the professor degrade Bobby's perspective?
  • In what way was Bobby not assisting a proper discussion?
  • How were Bobby's classmates not receptive to his ideas?

Your classmates come from all types of backgrounds (e.g., hometown, family structures, culture, religion, political affiliation, etc.). When participating in discussion, it is essential that you show a high level of respect towards your classmates. You must find the balance between expressing your views and refraining from saying something hurtful that offends your classmates.

Social Contract Activity

  • In your teams take a few minutes to write down what you believe should/should not be considered for our social contract. Be specific! It may help to consider "Do(s)" and "Don't(s)".
  • Each team needs to contribute at least three "Do's" and three "Don't's"
  • Write them down and I will collect them at the end of class.
  • Thursday we will debrief as a class

I encourage you to be an active member of class discussions and small group discussions. By engaging in discussion, you will have an opportunity to work with others, express concerns and disagreements, and consider as well as work towards possible solutions. We often take our Freedom of Speech for granted, but our right to express our beliefs is essential in our democratic society.

REMEMBER: Differences of opinion are welcome, but judgments are not.


  • Sections 140 & 141: Your Rhetorical Analysis Paper for Composition is due Thursday, September 15th!
  • First SOCI exam is September 22! (T-minus 9 days and counting!)
    • Exam Format: Multiple choice, short answers, and an essay
  • How well have YOU been studying?

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