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Kent State to hold course on Clinton campaign

Published: Nov. 10, 2016 at 5:09 PM EST
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KENT, OH (WOIO) - Kent State University will hold a course on Hillary Clinton's historic presidential campaign this spring.

According to Kent Wired, the course will be from the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality and Women's Studies program. It will be called "Hillary Clinton Case Study: Perspectives on Gender and Power."

"This course is not a biographical course," said Molly Merryman, director of Kent State's Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, to the publication. "It is a women's studies course that employs feminist methods and gender theories to examine representations of women's power through the lens of this historic election. Hillary Clinton is a compelling subject for this inquiry not only because she is the first women to [have run for] president as a major party nominee, but because she has a career in politics that is more than four decades long."

The course will focus on gender equality, using Clinton's campaign to highlight institutionalized sexism.

"The election will be our starting point because it is a crux: it's when Hillary Clinton— the real woman— was gradually replaced by media representations that ranged from verisimilitude to age-old stereotypes to insinuating memes to vulgarity," Suzanne Holt, director of Kent State's Women's Studies department and creator of the course, said to Kent Wired. "It's also when the 'woman factor' became evident at the same time our inability to talk about it did. It's also when the wide range of media and social media turned into a tablet, recording a log of feelings/thoughts— the splits in our American psyche."

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