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Body-related class offered at Carleton Fall Term 2010!

May 24, 2010

Hello all you Happy Bodies out there!

Just to let you all know, the American Studies department at Carleton is offering a class this fall called “Extraordinary Bodies in American Culture.” The description is as follows:

What makes a body extraordinary? How have humans modified their bodies to challenge social expectations or turn “ordinary” bodies into extraordinary ones? How have science and technology helped make the spectacular body more “normal”? What do these modifications reveal about social concepts of masculinity and femininity, normalcy and deviance, power and agency? This course examines intersections of engineering, design, performance, and the human body in American culture. We will engage with complex social issues, including freak shows, cosmetic surgery, bodybuilding, prostheses, and tattoos to understand technology’s role in reinforcing and challenging ideas of bodily norms in the U.S.

Sadly, I can’t take it because it’s at the same time slot as another class I have to take for my major but I encourage all you Carls out there to consider it!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Lisa permalink
    May 24, 2010 3:43 PM

    That sounds so cool! If only I were still a student and didn’t have a 9-5 job next year I would totally take that class! It would be really sweet if we could get a few happybodies friends to take the class so they could pull in some body positivity ideas.

  2. Andreas permalink
    May 25, 2010 10:12 PM

    This class was just too amazing to pass up, so I am now officially registered for it – and very excited!

  3. Allie permalink
    May 28, 2010 3:29 PM

    I am so upset I’m graduating! I hope this class reads from FREAKERY!

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