Collaborative Cultural Analysis Feb 13: Biopower & Eugenics

Below are materials for in-class group work on February 13.

In your groups, choose 2 of the following cultural objects, and discuss the following in relation to them:

  • How is biopower at work in these cultural objects (disciplining of individual bodies AND regulating of populations)?
  • How are both positive and negative eugenics at work in your cultural objects?
  • How can Karla Holloway’s chapter “Bloodchild” from Private Bodies, Public Texts and Wendy Kline’s Building a Better Race: Gender, Sexuality, and Eugenics from the Turn of the Century to the Baby Boom help us understand and think critically about this?

Choose 1-2 members of your group to live tweet during your group discussion using our course hashtag #gendersoc

Cultural objects:

Say Yes to the Dress: TLC

School to Prison Pipeline

Gattaca (film):

Chow Gattaca

Forced Sterilization of Drug Users

Disproportionate Incarceration of Trans & Gender Non-Conforming People:

Disproportionate Incarceration of Trans & GNC People

The Wedding Planner (film):

Seeking “Ivy League Egg Donor”

Adu-Oppong Egg Donors

Violence Against Women Act reauthorization fight


Turner VAWA

Paternity Leave

Loretta Ross on Reproductive Justice:

Reproductive Justice Network:

Tuskegee Syphilis Experiments:

Israel’s Forced Sterilization & Depo Use on Ethiopian immigrants

Chow Israel Depo

Deportations of Parents

Depression & the Limits of Psychiatry

Gautsche Foucault

Knocked Up (film):