At 18, Diana has a chip on her shoulder; she’s close to expulsion from high school for fighting, her mother is dead, her dad is surly, the popular girls at school set her teeth on edge, and she knows that men can cause pain. When she picks up her younger brother at a Brooklyn gym where he boxes to please his father, she decides she wants to train. Hector, a coach, reluctantly agrees to teach her. It’s soon clear to him that Diana has talent; he pushes her. She spends time with another young fighter, Adrian, who has a girlfriend, but Diana intrigues him and stirs real feelings he tries to articulate. She, too, must accommodate her toughness and ironic detachment to her feelings for him.

Research Papers must reference course materials and at least one external peer reviewed journal article per question set usingAPA style. Your Research Papers should be 9-12 pages (not including the required reference page or optional title page); this is typically what would be required to ensure your paper is comprehensive and has a depth of analysis outline in the grading criteria. Your paper should have a maximum of 1-inch margins, Times New Roman Font size 12, and in Microsoft word format. Review the ASSIGNMENTS INFORMATION- RESEARCH PAPER section of the course. Research Papers are to be submitted by 11pm of the posted due date.

Please note that there are a total of three sets of questions you must answer (see below); each set is on a specific topic we covered in the class and contains three questions. Answer the first two questions in each set of topic area questions listed below drawing from the course readings. Then answer the third question in each set using a peer reviewed article you find on your own; this means you will have to use a total of three different external peer reviewed articles. Review the ASSIGNMENTS INFORMATION- RESEARCH PAPER INFORMATION and RESEARCH PAPER EXAMPLES folder for more details.

Required Questions

  1. Similarities & Differences
    The textbook/ lecture research asserts that emotion is often gendered; comprehensively identify and discussion two ways in which Diana’s emotional expression support or challenge this assertion. Review the textbook/ lecture research on stereotype threat; discuss in detail how the textbook research findings are or are not applicable to any two characters’ experiences in the film. Drawing up external peer reviewed research explain the ways in which sociocultural level changes in the ways we examine gender and sex could benefit Diana and/ or her brother.
  1. Women’s Bodies
    Comprehensively how Diana’s experience as a boxer supports or refutes textbook/ lecture research findings about women in sports. Review the research on the content of gender stereotypes (e.g. physical, personality, role, occupational); discuss how any two used in the film supports or refutes the research findings. How would does the external peer reviewed research explain the relationship between messages about Latina/ Hispanic women’s beauty and the way that Diana chose to view or present herself.
  2. Sexuality & Sexualization
    Explain in detail how romantic love as a cultural script as discussed in the textbook, influence Diana’s experiences- be sure to discuss why this occurs. What kinds of gendered messages regarding physical attractiveness and sexual desirability discussed in the textbook are evident in this video- be sure to explain they are utilized? Using the external peer reviewed research article selected, comprehensively explain how beliefs about romance can impact the life outcomes of Hispanic or another racial./ ethnic minority group of adolescent women like Diana.


GIIRLFIGHT heralds in a new feminity for the new century. It marks the breathtaking debut of an incendiary new filmmaker and a fericious new star drenched in sweat, emotion and attitude. A riveting potrait of Diana, a fierce young woman who takes up boxing as a means to reconcile with her past and embrace life on her own terms. © 2000 Girlfight Inc. All Rights Reserved.


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