Ratings for Asher, J
Based on 36 ratings for this instructor.
Comment: There are so many things wrong with this class and my GSI. DO NOT take this class unless you're truly interested in the subject or are an activist of some sort. Most of the people in this class were queer of some sort so if you are cisgender and straight, you might feel a little on the outside. Jac Asher's exams were fair because all you had to do was regurgitate what she lectured, but she shot down a lot of the students' ideas when they participated. She also is pretty enthusiastic but if you are not too interested in the class, you will fall asleep. She is pretty biased towards lesbian feminists and a lot of the things she says might make the guys in the class feel weird. The worst part about this class was that the atmosphere in lecture and in discussion, because of certain things Jac and my GSI would say, made you feel bad if you were straight. It's almost like they were teaching that it was bad if you were a girl who wanted to get married some day to a guy, because you are bowing down to the patriarchy and reinforcing the heteronormative institution of marriage. The class tried to teach us to be open-minded, but I think they weren't open-minded about what it is like to be straight and cisgender. Yes, those people are privileged, but don't make them feel bad about liking someone of the opposite gender!!! Isn't the whole point that let everyone be who they want to be?? That should include straight people!! My GSI was also very unfriendly and did not use any of the students names and only at the second-to-last discussion of the whole semester said "I know all of your names so if you aren't participating that's not helping your grade" WELL YOU COULD'VE TOLD US EARLIER,, BITC*
Submitted Dec. 21st, 2015
Comment: I love Jac Asher. She is extremely passionate about this subject and every time I came to class I was mind-blown. It was such an amazing experience being there in lecture. I felt like I really was coming to class to learn and take away all these narratives and experiences. We only had one midterm exam, and the reader and Jac were very particular and marked off things I felt like I should've gotten points for. But I went in Jac's office hours to fight for those points, and I believe if you have have a sound argument and show you know your stuff, you earn back points based on the discussion you have (I myself earned back 2 points). I thoroughly enjoyed all the books we read and discussed in class, and I felt both challenged and extremely satisfied with my final paper. I remember going in as much as I could to office hours to discuss my paper topic and once got very emotional - never before have I had a class like that at Cal. I became so passionate about the topics and relevant issues that were discussed in class, and I recommend everyone to take a course with Jac!
Submitted June 19th, 2015
Comment: My GSI and discussion sections were great. I got good grades on the 2 midterm papers and final papers because my GSI graded them. Asher made me feel somewhat unwelcome and often only called on her favorites during lecture, only to correct and rephrase their opinions in her own words. I'm not sure I would recommend the class unless one has a genuine interest in the subject. Overall, it was an easy A for me.
Submitted March 18th, 2013
Comment: She's really enthusiastic and knowledgeable about what she's teaching, but I found lecture boring and somewhat pointless. The readings are annoyingly long and it seems like she and the GSIs are trying to fabricate meaning out of every little thing. Jac grades pretty hard (I got a C+ on my manifesto, but maybe it was just bad?) but the GSIs mostly give out As. I think who grades your paper is random. The papers are kind of long but not hard, just try to overanalyze everything.
Submitted Jan. 26th, 2013
Comment: This class had so much potential to be great, but ultimately, it is a defunct course run on Privilege Theory and psuedointellectual bullshit. Asher actually had us analyzing the heteronormativity of penguins and youtube videos. She spent weeks on archaic Radical Lesbian Feminist texts, and silenced many voices in our class. Stray away if you actually want to learn about Queer Bonds, and not feel gross about being a part of the LGBT community.
Submitted Jan. 19th, 2013
Comment: It's obvious that Jac is very enthusiastic about the material and it makes going to lecture interesting. In terms of the material I think I've learned a lot from this class and overall my experience was good. I managed to get through this course without actually doing any of the reading from the reader but I always went to lecture and Jac basically covers important points from the readings. Personally I don't think I've ever had my paper by Jac but rather my GSI so I can't say whether or not she's a ridiculous grader. I guess you just have to get lucky and hope a GSI grades your stuff. I've gone to office hours only once for the final and after asking about the prompts Jac just told me what she is looking for in the paper and so that really helped.
Submitted Dec. 22nd, 2012
Comment: DO NOT BE FOOLED BY THE GRADE DISTRIBUTIONS. This class is not an easy A, especially if you're aiming for a 4.0, because the class is NOT graded on a curve and an A- is 90%-93% and a solid A is 94%-100%. The good part about this class is that there are only 3 assignments the entire semester, a take-home essay assignment (20% of your grade), a take-home midterm essay (30%), and a take-home final essay (35%). (Participation in discussion/lecture are easy points and make up the miscellaneous 15%.) Jac tends to give everyone a B on their essay no matter what you throw at her, but the GSIs are bit more generous and can give low 90%s. However, beware that it all averages well under the 94% cutoff. The course is quite demanding with readings (a course reader, graphic novel, and online supplements), but you can get away with not doing the readings until the essays are assigned because there aren't any pop quizzes or anything. Note: Jac's office hours are quite unique in that they are 15 minute, one-on-one appointments that you sign up for in advance. I never went to office hours, but it would probably be a good idea to go to build a relationship with the instructor. Overall, I would NOT recommend this course to anyone looking to fulfill their AC requirement. This course sounded like a fun one in the course catalogue, but it turned out to be extremely boring and way too analytical/academic on the subject of LGBT. Only if you are truly interested in the subject or are an LGBT/Gender and Women's Studies major would I recommend this course.
Submitted Dec. 22nd, 2012
Comment: This course wasn't as good as I thought it would be. Some of the readings were interesting, but a few of them were so dense and lengthy that you could tell nobody even bothered to read them. I might be biased that she gave me a lower grade than I wanted for my first essay, but I'm pretty annoyed that she was grading me because she DISAGREED with my opinion. As an instructor for a class that ostensibly teaches tolerance and open-mindedness, she's not so tolerant or open-minded herself when it comes to things she disagrees with. My GSI, Amy, was AWESOME. She was the bomb! She was my saving grace in this course; I would have hated this course otherwise. One manifesto, one midterm paper, and a final paper; that's it. A couple of readings from a relatively thin reader and the class "textbook" was Fun Home, an interesting graphic novel. I personally don't know whether or not I would recommend this course, but some people seemed to really enjoy it. I myself got pretty annoyed, however. I was just glad to be done with it. Maybe that's just because I don't like writing papers. Asher is very critical and will heavily criticize your papers, especially if you don't write them the way she likes them. I would recommend that you use a whole hecka ton lotta AFFECT and you'll have an easier time when she grades your papers. Most of the time I found myself writing papers with arguments I didn't really care for or agree wholeheartedly with but I did it so she wouldn't mark me down. Manifesto was 3-4 pages, midterm was 9 pages (3 pages per prompt), final was 8 pages (4 pages per prompt). Hard time staying awake in the 9:30am lecture... I can tell she really enjoys teaching, though. And the course isn't that particularly rigorous. I just didn't particularly like it, especially since the grading was very much hit-or-miss and quite subjective and open to interpretation, as with all writing courses. And you need a 94% just to get a solid A since she doesn't use curves.
Submitted Dec. 15th, 2012