Write two discussion questions from article. Discussion questions should
neither be too specific (“What does the fourth word on p. 27 mean?”)
nor too general (“Was this a good article? Why or why not?”). Try to
strike a balance between the specific and general. Be sure to point the
reader to the specific content of the article that your question
addresses. Avoid questions with “yes/no” or “either/or” answers; good
discussion questions are open-ended. Also avoid leading questions.
below for examples of good discussion questions. Example Discussion
1. What negative consequences could result if parents followed Bem’s
suggestion to raise androgynous boys and girls? How might peers respond
to boys with stereotypically feminine characteristics and girls with
stereotypically masculine characteristics? What are the positive
consequences of raising androgynous boys and girls? Where does one draw
the line between a healthy de-emphasis on gender and a healthy
acknowledgment of gender in raising children?
2. Josephs, Markus, and Tafarodi argue that individuation
(distinguishing the self from others on the basis of talents or
accomplishments) does not serve as a significant source of esteem for
American women (because of gender-role socialization). How accurately
does their argument describe women in the U.S.? Explain your response.
How do women in the U.S. compare, in terms of how individualistic they
are, to men and women in Asian cultures? How does the pressure that
women feel in our society to be appropriately “feminine” interact with
the individualistic norms that all Americans experience?