Dr. Adam Johns
Seminar in Composition
19 November 2014
Final Project Proposal
Chow, Esther. "Gender Matters: Studying Globalization and Social Change in the 21st Century." Sage Journals. N.p., 1 Sept. 2003. Web. 18 Nov. 2014. <http%3A%2F%2Fiss.sagepub.com%2Fcontent%2F18%2F3%2F443.full.pdf%2Bhtml>.
"Gender Issues in Lilith's Brood." Intro to Critical Reading. N.p., 31 Jan. 2012. Web. 18 Nov. 2014. <http://pitt-crit-reading.blogspot.com/2012/01/gender-issues-in-liliths-brood.html>.
"Lilith's Brood as a Post-Colonial Window." Academia.edu. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Nov. 2014. <http://www.academia.edu/1539521/Liliths_Brood_as_a_Post-Colonial_Window>.
Nanda, Aparajita. "Power, Politics, and Domestic Desire in Octavia Butler's Lilith's Brood." Project MUSE. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Nov. 2014. <http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/callaloo/v036/36.3.nanda.html>.
Sands, Peter. "Octavia Butler's Chiastic Cannibalistics." Utopian Studies 14.1 (2003): 1-14. JSTOR. Web. 17 Nov. 2014. <http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.2307/20718543?ref=no-x-route:bdab39d3d49b7972ab30f7240e61fc02>.
Question intended to lead to an argument:
How does gender play a role throughout Octavia Butler’s Lilith’s Brood and how does this relate to the way gender plays a role in society today?
Why is this question is a reasonable way to generate an argument:
I believe this question is a reasonable way to generate an argument because the structure of the Oankali society plays a large role in the books. They have three genders in their society, which influences the way everyone interacts with one another. The presence of these genders contrasts with the structure of our actual world.
Why does this argument matter:
I believe this argument matters because in our society today, like in the Oankali society, gender plays a role in our everyday lives. Even though genders now have equal rights, there are still distinct roles expected from males and females. Although these roles are not blatantly express, they are most certainly implied.
Gender does not play a role in society today. We have accomplished equality in society and therefore, gender does not matter.
Gender in society today:
- - While women and men have equal rights, there are still gender stereotypes in 21st century America
- - Gender stereotypes begin when we are young. Many little kids associate certain colors, toys, and jobs with either male or female.
- - How do these stereotypes affect the way people act and perform within society?
Gender in Lilith’s Brood:
- - Three genders: Male, Female, and Ooloi
- - All three genders are necessary for reproduction
- - Children are born sexless and then go through a metamorphosis
- - The books imply that Oankali are incapable of deliberate cruelty or deception, however, the last book of the trilogy implies that ooloi, unlike the other genders, are capable of deception, keeping secrets and feelings of possessiveness.
- - “Lilith glanced at the humanoid body, wondering how humanlike it really was. “I don’t mean any offense,” she said, “but are you male or female?”
“It’s wrong to assume that I must be a sex you’re familiar with,” it said, “but as it happens, I’m male” (Butler 23).
- - “ Males and females were closely related and ooloi were outsiders. One translation of the world ooloi was “treasured strangers.” According to Nikanj, this combination of relatives and strangers served best when people were bred for specific work—like opening a trade with an alien species. The male and female concentrated desirable characteristics and the ooloi prevented the wrong kind of concentrations” (Butler 193).