Photo credit:  Stephanie Jensen , 2017

Photo credit: Stephanie Jensen, 2017

Alicia Swiz is a professor, performer and professional feminist. A Jersey girl in Chicago by way of North Carolina, Alicia holds an MA in Women’s & Gender Studies and a BA in Sociology. She is committed to raising awareness of feminism and women’s issues through humor, candid observation and being really smart. Drawing from her personal experience and her academic training, Alicia inspires dialogues about feminism, sex and pop culture. She is an Adjunct Professor of Humanities at Harold Washington College in Chicago, IL where she teaches Media and Pop-Culture via Feminist Theory. Alicia is a co-founder of SYA773, Chicago’s local chapter of Shout Your Abortion, and the creator of SlutTalk,  a public dialogue that raises awareness of slut shaming and encourages sex positivity through performances, workshops, public dialogues and social media.

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Intro to Gender & Media

The media has been the primary storyteller of American life since the television found its way into every home. Today, the media spans so wide that many of us don't leave home without it in some way, shape, or form. Though you  may not think about it as often, the same is true of our gender and how we are categorized into a single gender identity by others. Like the media, gender is a primary storyteller of our lives and we never leave home without it. Together, these two deeply influence our desires, our culture, and ourselves. This course introduces the framework of how traditional gender roles are defined in America through the various media we consume and invites students to begin applying critical thinking skills to their media activity.

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