This has been a tremendously stressful week. Classes are winding down for the end of the semester and final papers are looming. On top of that, I've been dealing with a pet health emergency and its aftermath since last Saturday.
Actually, I'm kind of looking forward to working on my finals. For my introductory seminar in gender studies, I'm writing a paper on the construction of the autistic body, and for my Feminist Media Studies class I'm going to write about oppositional viewership of Asperger's-themed romantic comedies. My thematically related topics make me sound like a one-trick pony, but with the flurry of non-academic stressors that have popped up I purposefully chose a media topic that matched my intro seminar topic. I had been thinking about writing something about demonic possession as an expression of female rage in horror films, or on the portrayal of extremely fat characters in film and television, but I went with the more manageable route of writing two papers on related rather than disparate subjects.
So, as a kind of free response Saturday:
If you're currently in school, you have finals coming up too. Are you excited about the topics of your final papers? What are you writing on? Is the subject important to you? Why?