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A Reader for Writers

Megan L. Titus and Wendy L. Walker

Publication Date - 31 December 2015

ISBN: 9780190298852

464 pages
5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

In Stock

Read. Write. Oxford.


Developed for courses in first-year writing, Gender: A Reader for Writers includes an interdisciplinary mix of public, academic, and cultural reading selections. It provides students with the rhetorical knowledge and analytical strategies required to participate effectively in discussions about gender and culture. Chapters include numerous pedagogical features and are organized thematically around the topics below:

-Gender and identity
-Gender and stereotypes
-Gender and the body
-Gender and popular culture
-Gender and work
-Gender and globalization

Gender: A Reader for Writers is part of a series of brief, single-topic readers from Oxford University Press designed for today's college writing courses. Each reader in this series approaches a topic of contemporary conversation from multiple perspectives.


  • Each chapter opens with an introduction that gives a brief overview of its theme and a sense of how its selections relate both to the overarching theme and to each other
  • Headnotes for the readings provide author bios. and additional background information
  • "Analyze" and "Explore" questions after each reading support student reading, providing prompts for reflection, classroom discussion, and brief writing assignments
  • "Forging Connections" and "Looking Forward" prompts after each chapter help students develop critical-thinking and application skills
  • A "Researching and Writing about Gender" appendix guides student inquiry and research in a digital environment and provides real-world, transferable strategies for locating, assessing, synthesizing, and citing sources in support of an argument

About the Author(s)

Megan L. Titus directs the composition program at Rider University, where she is an assistant professor of English.

Wendy L. Walker is a professional assistant professor of English at Texas A & M University--Corpus Christi.

Table of Contents

    1 Introduction to Gender
    Aristotle, From Politics
    Seneca Falls Conference, "Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions"
    Lois Gould, "X: A Fabulous Child's Story"
    Judith Lorber, "'Night to His Day': The Social Construction of Gender"
    Anne Fausto-Sterling, "The Five Sexes: Why Male and Female are Not Enough"

    2 Gender and Identity
    Adrienne Rich, "What Does a Woman Need to Know?"
    Sandra Cisneros, "Guadalupe the Sex Goddess"
    Zachary Pullin, "Two Spirit: A Story of a Movement Unfolds"
    Julia R. Johnson, "Cisgender Privilege, Intersectionality, and the Criminalization of CeCe McDonald: Why Intercultural Communication Needs Transgender Studies"
    Tommi Avicolli Mecca, "He Defies You Still: The Memoirs of a Sissy"
    Vanessa Vitiello Urquhart, "Why I'm Still a Butch Lesbian"

    3 Gender and Stereotypes
    Brian Frazer, "How Big are Your Balls?"
    Robert Jensen, "The High Cost of Manliness"
    Gloria Steinem, "If Men Could Menstruate"
    Alice Walker, "In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens"
    Jade Chong-Smith, "Hard Time: Lessons from a Maximum Security Prison"
    Jonathan Zimmerman, "The Coming Out We All Ignored"
    Sarah McMahon, "Rape Myth Beliefs and Bystander Attitudes among Incoming College Students"

    Chapter 4, Gender and the Body
    Susan Bordo, "The Body and the Reproduction of Femininity"
    The New York Times, "Call Cornell Co-Ed the 'Perfect Girl'"
    The New York Herald, "Brooklyn Venus Much Too Large Is Verdict of Physical Horticulturists"
    Brooke Kantor, Helen Clark, and Lydia Federico, "An Exercise in Body Image"
    Nomy Lamm, "It's a Big Fat Revolution"
    Kate Fridkis, "Why I'm Hot for Peter Dinklage"
    Sherman Alexie, "Jason Collins Is the Envy of Straight Men Everywhere"

    5 Gender and Popular Culture
    Michelle Law, "Sisters Doin' It for Themselves: Frozen and the Evolution of the Disney Heroine"
    Tasha Robinson, "We're Losing All Our Strong Female Characters to Trinity Syndrome"
    Brittney Cooper, "Iggy Azalea's Post-Racial Mess: America's Oldest Race Tale, Remixed"
    Blue Telusma, "Kim Kardashian Doesn't Realize She's the Butt of an Old Racial Joke"
    Noah Berlatsky, "Orange is the New Black's Irresponsible Portrayal of Men"
    Emily Nussbaum, "Candy Girl: The Bright-Pink Resilience of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"

    6 Gender and Work
    Judy Brady, "I Want a Wife"
    Anne-Marie Slaughter, "Why Women Still Can't Have It All"
    Stephanie Coontz, "Why is 'Having It All' a Women's Issue?"
    Damien Cowger, "'Daddy Makes Books and Sammies': The Stay-at-Home Dad in the 21st Century"
    Megan H. Mackenzie, "Let Women Fight"
    World Bank, "Taking Stock: Stylized Facts about Gender at Work"

    7 Gender and Globalization

    Hillary Clinton, "Remarks at the UN Commission on the Status of Women"
    Iver Arnegard, "The Fourth World"
    Abigail Howarth, "The Day I Saw 248 Girls Suffering Genital Mutilation"
    Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore, "Daughters are More Caring"
    Leila Ahmed, "The Discourse of the Veil"


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