According to this idea that gender is socially constructed, answer the following questions:

  1. What does it mean to be a man in the U.S.? What does it mean to be a woman?
  2. From what institutions do we learn these gender roles?
  3. How do these clips demonstrate the ways in which gender is socially constructed in the U.S.? Do the concepts discussed in the clips resonate with you? Why or why not?

In Persepolis, the main character Marji struggles to define her identity as an Iranian woman in a changing society.

  • What roles are depicted for women in Iranian society in the film? How do they change over time?
  • How does Persepolis demonstrate the ways in which gender and identity are influenced in many ways, by different processes across cultures? How are gender roles in Iran similar, or different to gender in the U.S.?
  • What are some of the stereotypes that exist about Muslim women and how does Abu-Lughod in “Do Muslim Women Need Saving” and Persepolis complicate these stereotypes?

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