https://youtu.be/xQF7RDSjQYQ ( watch video)
Increasingly, many young women have either become, or are trying to be, “sugar babies” for various reasons. Their ambition is for a sweet life of pampered luxury or help for moving to their next stage in life (e.g. college tuition, career networking, saving to start a business)- all paid for by older men. But as reporter Sarah Abo finds out, it’s important to read between the lines. And that leads to a very important question: is this phenomenon about empowering women or exploiting them?
Research Papers must reference course materials and at least one external peer reviewed journal article per question set using APA 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.
1. Power & Privilege
Review the textbook research on the ambivalent sexism; discuss in detail how any two of these research findings are supported or refuted in this report. Consider the textbook research focused on what’s in a name– discuss how this research specifically relates to terms, names and labels used by individuals in this film, and discuss its implications. Comprehensively explain the external peer reviewed research findings examining the inequalities in intimate relationships; discuss how these results would explain what appears to occurs between Sugar Daddies and Sugar Babies.
2. Women’s Bodies
Review the textbook research on the Beauty Matters; discuss in detail how any two of these research findings are supported or refuted in this report. Pulling from the textbook research focused on Why Does Objectification Occur discuss how it is supported and refuted by assertions made in this report. Drawing upon external peer reviewed research that examines the benefits of beauty for economic gain or benefits (e.g. higher salary, quid pro quo), explain the short and long term implications of these findings for Sugar Babies.
3. Sexuality and Sexualization
Consider the textbook research examining Sexualization- Selling Women’s Bodies and Sex Work; discuss how any findings would explain the dynamics occurring in some of the Sugar Daddy/ Sugar Baby relationships presented in this report. Discuss in detail how the textbook research focused on the sexual agency are or are not applicable to the Sugar Babies’ experiences. Find an external peer reviewed research study that examines consensual sex work among legal adults; discuss how it may support or refute any two assertions presented in the video.