07S WMNSTD10 Final Study Guide

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Final study guide ID: 1. Social constructivist perspective on sexuality (Rupp) - our own experience and even feelings on how we feel are completely socially constructed (we don’t even have access to that). We can’t even define the meaning of sex (ex. rituals, romantic friendships). Ties into social construction of everything and how we can’t use defining terms to limit our perspective. Legal ambiguity (definition of rape). Since no objective reality we should look at how power plays into the ‘solving’ the problem. 2. same-sex sexuality (Rupp) - SSS is also socially constructed (ex. Greece: was about power) our cultures hypersensitivity to sex is premised on assumption that a person’s genitals defines sex. Our culture is blind to the role power plays in sex and we mask over the importance of social roles. ex. many cultures have trans people whose rela- tionships are determined as diff gender than same-sex. 3. 100% straight (Messner) - sexuality is completely socially constructed and regulated by social norms. Certain cultural rituals perpetuate and reinforce sexual socialization (ex. sports). Society’s conception of what is straight does not examine underlying power play. Leads us to question even heterosexuality 4. heteronormativity (Cohen) - The normative idea of sexuality present in society. White middle class nuclear family. It is an unquestioned social standard that is prescriptive and a broad social expectation that confers privilege. It means that individuals are con- ditioned and forced to accept social gender identities. “localized practies that legitimize heterosexuality as fundamental and natural in society”. constantly changing 5. Queer politics (Cohen) - current state politics of queers that take on a us vs them mentality that severely limits the political options that queers are given. Cohen calls for a redefinition of queer to be inclusive of all who are not heteronormative and to form co- alitions with this new definition. Queer dichotomy occludes intersectional analysis of op- pressed that are excluded from the current definiton of queer politics and also reinforces heteronormative image. 6. single-oppression framework (Cohen) - calls for solidarity that does not just limit polit- ical action to one group but reexamines a movement that defines itself by relationships to dominant powers. intersectionality. .. 7. marriage porn (Morrison) - marriage has been commodified and as a result socially altered again and again to ultimately produce a large profit for those providing wedding services. Shows how society glorifies marriage so that it loses meaning but rather just encourages people to participate for no other purpose than a fantasy. Shows how social construction can not only alter but make us believe and compromise our beliefs 8. marrying down, marrying up (Cam Thai) - questions whether marriage is actually a choice and if it is then does it confer a socially constructed position.
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9. sigheh (temporary marriage) (?) - contract that lets a man exchange money to a wo-
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This note was uploaded on 02/02/2009 for the course WOM STD 10 taught by Professor Williams during the Spring '08 term at UCLA.

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