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10 August 2012

Valor, Gallantry, and Heroism by Sexuality and Gender

Just a quick thought here. Several of the victims of the shooting in the Aurora theater died while shielding their female partners. While the immediate emotion of the incident is probably pretty raw, it nonetheless offers a great demonstration of some sociology. Here are a few questions that might facilitate a discussion in class:
  1. What if a woman had shielded a man?
  2. What if one gay man had shielded another man?
  3. What if a lesbian had shielded another woman?
  4. Can you imagine any other pairings of shielder/shieldee that would run contrary to our role expectations? [e.g child shielding adult]
  5. What can we learn from this about gender? sexuality? heroism?

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