PSYC345 – The Psychology of Women Final Take-home Assignment
PSYC345 – The Psychology of Women
Final Take-home Assignment – Version 1
Instructions for completing and submitting this assignment
1. This assessment activity, which is worth 20% of your final grade, is a take-home
2. You have seven (7) days to complete this assignment. Please submit the assignment
using the Assignment 6 link on the course home page. The return date recorded must
be within 7 days of the date you received the electronic version of the assignment.
3. This assignment is made up of 10 true/false questions, 8 short-answer questions, 7 briefanswer questions, and 2 notecard questions. The questions are similar to the exercises
and quizzes you completed in Units 6 to 9 of the course. You will be expected to refer to
the course materials (textbooks/readings/online videos) in preparing your answers to
the written questions, and to use APA style when quoting or making references to other
sources in your responses.
4. You must include all questions from the assignment in one document (i.e., Word file) for
5. Keep an electronic copy for your records. Unless you have made other arrangements
with your tutor, you must submit the assignment through the Assignment 6 link on the
course home page.
6. Note: It is important that you complete and submit the assignment within the 7 days
allotted. Extensions are not normally granted. Re-writes will not be permitted.
Part A: True/False Questions (1 point each; total 10 points)
In the space provided, type True (T) if you believe the statement to be correct or False (F) if you
believe the statement to be incorrect.
1. Gender differences in sexual desire are larger than most other
psychological gender differences.
2. During the first month after childbirth, a mother’s dominant emotional
response is typically a feeling of fulfillment and inner strength.
3. Despite progress in many professions, only about one-third of current
medical school graduates are female.
1 4. The media have publicized the problem of female genital mutilation for
young girls in Africa and other regions of the world; however, recent
investigations show that only about 5,000 to 7,000 girls have been
harmed by this ceremonial procedure.
5. Between 20% and 30% of US and Canadian women have some form of
6. To label a remark as “sexual harassment” from the legal standpoint, the
person making the remark must specifically request some sort of sexual
7. People judge elderly women consistently more negatively than they
judge elderly men.
8. Most physicians currently recommend hormone replacement therapy
for women who have reached menopause.
9. When women from some ethnic groups become feminist activists, the
men in their community often tell them that this activism is a threat to
10. The first wave of the North American feminist movement began in the
1920s, as a result of women winning the right to vote. Part B: Short-answer Questions (2 points each; total 16 points)
Below each question, provide a short (two or three sentences) response.
1. From the film Sexy Inc. (2007), what can the ordinary citizen do to register discontent
with the ways in which girls and women are portrayed in the media?
2. From the article you read in Unit 6, what two cultural images of motherhood does Hagar
3. From the film Spinning a Pill, what factors contributed to Yasmin becoming the topselling birth control pill?
4. From the photo story on the WHO website, name at least 4 of the greatest achievements
in women’s health over the past decade. 2 5. According to McMullen and Stoppard (2006), what factors have informed feminist
understandings of depression?
6. According to the film Legacy of a Massacre, what has changed for women 22 years after
the Montreal Massacre?
7. According to Gavey and Schmidt (2011), how have discourses about rape changed over
the past four decades?
8. What primary issues concerning aging did the film House Calls highlight for you?
Part C: Brief Answer Questions (3 points each; total 21 points)
Below each question, provide a brief (three or four sentences) response.
1. From Matlin’s chapter 9, describe how gender roles are relevant in terms of the initiation
of sexual relationships and sexual activity.
2. Matlin (chapter 10) notes that psychologists have conducted less research on issues
related to pregnancy, childbirth, and motherhood compared to any of the other topics
covered in her textbook. Suggest two research projects that could be used to clarify how
women experience these three important events in their lives.
3. Matlin has described how men and women are often treated differently. Apply this
theme to the following topics: a) biases against women in health care; and b) women
with disabilities. (see Matlin’s chapter 11)
4. What factors help to explain why women are more likely than men to develop
depression? (see Matlin’s chapter 12)
5. What are some of the common myths about sexual harassment, rape, and abuse? What
do these myths reveal about society’s attitudes towards men and women? (see Matlin’s
6. Imagine that a middle-aged friend is experiencing menopause. What information would
you give her about hormone replacement therapy? (see Matlin’s chapter 14)
7. Of all of the topics you have studied in this course, which issue related to women is
particularly important to you? Why? If you wanted to raise awareness about this issue,
what strategies (see Matlin’s chapter 15) could you adopt on becoming an activist?
Part D: Two Notecards (10 points each/total 20 points)
3 This part of the assignment requires that, following the procedures outlined in Assignments 1
and 2, you develop two “notecards” based on journal article readings done in Units 6 through 9
of the course. Each notecard is worth the same weight.
4 Prepare a separate summary “notecard” for each article. At the top of the notecard, make a full
and correct reference statement, using APA style, that identifies the article.
Then, in two or three sentences, identify the main thesis statement (i.e., the primary focus or
main argument) of the article.
Once you have identified the main focus or argument of the paper, outline three or four major
points made by the author(s) to support the thesis statement.
Finally, summarize, in one or two sentences, the conclusions drawn by the author(s).
In developing your notecards, do not use direct quotations. Your job is to summarize and
synthesize the materials from each article. Each “notecard”—including the full citation of the
article—should not exceed one word-processed page (e.g., approximately 250 words, doublespaced).
Base Notecard 1 on one of the following two readings: Hager, T. (2011). Making sense of an untold story: A personal deconstruction of the myth
of motherhood. Qualitative Inquiry, 17(1), 35-44. McMullen, L., & Stoppard, J. (2006). Women and depression: A case study of the
influence of feminism in Canadian psychology. Feminism & Psychology, 16(3), 273-288. Base Notecard 2 on one of the following two readings: Gavey, N., & Schmidt, J. (2011). “Trauma of rape” discourse: A double-edged template
for everyday understandings of the impact of rape? Violence Against Women, 17(4), 453456. Rodgers, K., & Knight, M. (2011). “You just felt the collective wind being knocked out of
us”: The deinstitutionalization of feminism and the survival of women’s organizing in
Canada. Women’s Studies International Forum, 34(6), 570-581. Important note: Include all parts of the assignment in a single file for submission. END OF ASSIGNMENT 6 4 5
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