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GSW 232 Body and Sexuality (Bakhmetyeva)

Logging into the class blog (WordPress)

To access and post to the blog use this link:

Logging into the Blog: Your username will be the the first part of your email address that comes before (e.g. for the email address,, the username would be jelmore).

Examples of Blogs

Exercise 1 Directions: First skim through "How to write a blogpost from your journal article in eleven easy steps." Then compare your assigned exhibits, noting how some of the suggestions in "How to..." are employed within them.

Exhibit 1: Blog post "Women Confront Confederate Forces in North Carolina" vs Chapter 2 of The long shadow of the Civil War
Exhibit 2: Blog post "Creole Comforts and French Connections: A Case Study in Caribbean Dress" vs Chapter from Queen of fashion : what Marie Antoinette wore to the Revolution, pp. 156-166.
Exhibit 3: Blog post "Abigail Adams and the Ghost of John Adams" vs Chapter from The book of Abigail and John : selected letters of the Adams family, 1762-1784, pp. 21-22. 
Exhibit 4 Blog post "Out of the lab and into the home: Rose Franzblau, the trained buttinsky" vs Preparatory power posing affects nonverbal presence and job interview performance.
Exhibit 5 Blog post "The Rejection of ‘Conversion Therapy’ Isn’t Motivated by Politics—It’s Motivated by Science" vs Advancing the practice of pediatric psychology with transgender youth: State of the science, ongoing controversies, and future directions.

Questions to ask yourself...

  1. What differences do you see with blog posts from other types of scholarly writing you’ve encountered as a college student?
  2. How do citations and or references to other sources differ?
  3. What purpose do hyperlinks serve?
  4. How does the author(s) use tags or subjects to parse information?
  5. How does the author(s) interact with their readers? Does it appear to be a two-way engagement?

Exercise 2 Creating your scholarly identity for the class blog
Review the suggestions in "How to..." on creating a 'bio' for yourself.  Note the example in the "about the author" section.  Then log into the admin area for the blog and create your a bio of yourself as a 'first post.'  This bio can be reused for subsequent posts that you write throughout the semester.

What are primary sources?

Primary sources are documents or physical objects created at the time historical events occurred or well after events in the form of memoirs and oral histories. Examples include:

  • ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS (excerpts or translations acceptable): Diaries, speeches, manuscripts, letters, interviews, news film footage, autobiographies, official records 
  • CREATIVE WORKS: Poetry, drama, novels, music, art 
  • RELICS OR ARTIFACTS: Pottery, furniture, clothing, buildings

Secondary sources interpret and analyze primary sources. These sources are one or more steps removed from the event. Secondary sources may have pictures, quotes or graphics of primary sources in them.  Examples include: Textbooks, journal articles, histories, criticisms, commentaries, and encyclopedias (e.g. Do Patents Have Gender? or Women Inventors in America). 

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Analyzing primary sources

When reading a primary source it is important to look at not just it's contents, but an item's physicality.  Here are some guiding questions to answer as you examine a primary source:

  1. Look at the physical nature of your source. What can you learn from the medium of the source? (Was it written on fancy paper in elegant handwriting, or on scrap-paper, scribbled in pencil? Typed?) What does this tell you?
  2. Think about the purpose of the source. What was the author's message or argument? What were they trying to get across? Is the message explicit, or are there implicit messages as well?
  3. What do you know about the author? Race, class, occupation, religion, age, region, political beliefs? Does any of this matter? How?
  4. Who constituted the intended audience? Was this source meant for one person's eyes, or for the public? 
  5. Is it prescriptive (telling you what people thought should happen) or descriptive (telling you what people thought did happen)?
  6. What historical questions can you answer using this source? 
  7. What questions can this source NOT help you answer? What are the limitations of this type of source?