Teaching Module: Contraception

Today we share a third module of the Gender and Society Pedagogy Project.  These modules are aids for teaching, bringing  creative ideas for instructors to use in the classroom.  This module is for teaching about gendered embodiment based on an article about contraceptive use.   

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The author is  Jane Pryma, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Pryma was a member of the 2020 Gender and Society’s Junior Scholar Advisory Board.  The module based on a 2013 article by Krystale Littlejon incorporates  readings and media to assist teachers in the college classroom.

Every teaching module we publish has been peer-reviewed by one of the  authors of a highlighted article  and a Gender & Society editorial board member. This teaching module highlights  the  2013 article  ‘It’s Those Pills That Are Ruining Me’: Gender and the Social Meanings of Hormonal Contraceptive Side Effects in Gender & Society by Krystale E. Littlejohn. 

Dr. Pryma provides suggestions for additional readings and other media  expand student’s knowledge:

  • How gender identity shapes medical decision-making for hormonal contraception use
  • How beliefs about sex and gender inform our understanding of medical technologies
  • How race, ethnicity, and class, in addition to gender, affect decision-making related to contraception

You can find this module about contraception here.

Teaching Modules also exist about Digital Media,  and  Men & Masculinities.

Dr. Jane Pryma is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Connecticut. Her research explores the intersection of medical expertise, politics, and gender with a focus on pain management and the opioid crisis. Her work appears in Social Science & Medicine and Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy.

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