The only subway exchange I had was as I was about to enter the subway, a homeless man in his 40s or so said, "Good morning." I said, "Good morning" and to my back he said "Have a good day, beautiful." Looking around the subway, I made eye contact with some men, but it felt neutral. The vast majority of the women were engrossed in something else or looking down--it was difficult to make eye contact with any women. But interestingly, the only person to look me up and down was a woman in her 30s. She didn't smile or grimace. Nothing of any substance happened on the subway ride home.
(It might be worth mentioning that last night, dressed in a similar degree of femme-ness in Brooklyn, I headed to the subway around 11pm. At the door to the subway entrance, a man in his 30s who had already gone through the door jumped back through to hold the door for me awkwardly. A few minutes later, an apparently drunk man in his 20s yelled "Looking good!" at me and stopped walking to stare harshly at me as I walked by him. Ugh.)
But back to Wednesday. We started off class with a structured 40-minute debate: "Are gender and sex difference studies harmful or helpful?" With opening arguments, rebuttals and closing statements, the whole hog! The students--who were arbitrarily assigned a side last class--passionately battled each other, citing evidence from the readings and trying to synthesize the lessons of the past few days. Then as the adrenaline subsided, we headed to the MoMA for our fieldtrip, to look at particular pieces of art and analyze what their gendered and psychology implications were.
The students were assigned to focus on two areas: the "Designing Modern Women: 1890-1990" exhibition, particularly the war posters, and to observe Frida Kahlo's "Self-Portrait with Cropped Hair" (1940). If they had time, they could also look around the contemporary floor.
|Guerrilla Girls, 1989|
|Guerrilla Girls, revisiting the Met, 2004|
|Frida Kahlo, "Self-Portrait with Cropped Hair"|
Check out the Day 1 post here
Check out the Day 2 post here
And for funsies, here are some other great recent Guerrilla Girls pieces (2009 and 2007, respectively):