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Essay Proposal April 13, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — writing4english @ 11:07 AM

I have decided to do topic 1 and research sex, gender, sexuality and the body. In this topic I would like to use my first and third blog posts because they cover people going thorough changes and their bodies sending them strange messages.


Middlesex explores the ideas of sex, gender, sexuality and the body. In the case of Cal, she goes through many different changes that affect all of these topics as she searches for her true gender.

I plan to use a Journal by Robert S. Phillips that speaks about sexual orientation and how people figure out what sex they are attracted to.

I am having a problem wording my thesis and was wondering if you had any ideas.

-Jordan Houtby


One Response to “Essay Proposal”

  1. OK, Jordan. This all sounds OK so far. But the thing you really need to do is narrow down what it is you will be looking at. Give examples of the “changes” and how they affect all of these topics.

    Also, you don’t have to cover ALL of them: sex, gender, sexuality, and the body. You can pick 1, 2, 3, or 4.

    One interesting thing I might point out to you: the changes that occur don’t affect all of the areas you name, necessarily. So, for instance, Cal might try to change her “body” by waxing her mustache. But this doesn’t change her “sex”: she is still intersexed. Or Cal might try to change his “gender” by wearing a suit and talking about the Tigers, his “body” by going to the gym, but that doesn’t change his “sex” either. Then, he changes his “gender” but he has always been attracted to girls. Does this mean his “sexuality” changes from homosexual to heterosexual?

    Not sure if this helps, but it might be a place to start.

    ~Jenna G.

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