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October 7, 2012

Looking for Love (Romance, Sex, & Marriage) in Divergent Places

Considering that the Wiley Wandering blog is about diversity and social justice topics we always stay true to that end. Also consider the fact that I teach elements of diversity & social justice in all my classes (Examining Diversity through Film; Examining Dimensions of Cool; The Philosophy of W.E.B. DuBois; African American Culture; Moral Problems/Societal Dilemmas). With that in mind what are the films which we use in class that you would recommend to other readers of this blog that exemplify Romance, Sex, Love, & Marriage (that isn’t pornographic) while also representing diversity & social justice, and why would you recommend them in terms of diversity & social justice? Now, keep in mind that the themes we cover in the class Examining Diversity through Film are Ability, Race, Gender, Sexual Orientation, Socio-economic Class, and Privilege.

Additionally, name two other films that you may think I haven’t seen (and that we aren’t using in the class—check your syllabus) that you would recommend for me to use in the class and how/why I should use them. Keep in mind that teaching these topics isn't always done from an idealistic depiction of romance, sex, love, and/or marriage. Sometimes the best lessons are learned from using dysfunctional images. Also, remember you need to refer to the themes (Ability, Race, Gender, Sexual Orientation, Socio-economic Class, and Privilege) when you recommend how/why I should use them. Oh, beyond the obvious need for the title, please include the year the film was made/released and the director.

Lastly, what is the one song that you would recommend for the RSLM course that I haven’t used yet and why? Also, which category would you recommend I use it in and why? One last thing, please play devil’s advocate and challenge at least one (blog post on this topic) recommendation of a film or song, at least pretending as if you see it as problematic. This will make all blog posts stronger in anticipation of being challenged.

You don’t have to be enrolled, or have been enrolled, in my Romance, Sex, Love, & Marriage course to participate in this conversation. Please contribute your suggestions as well. Who knows, they may end up on my syllabus.