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SOC209 Lecture 6Always a tragic ending and destruction of relationship (death of one or both partners) in lesbian fiction. Always a sinister ending.The prominence of butch and femme identities: choosing one or the other. There had to be one of each. Rigorous reinforcement of butch and femme. Lots of prejudice…few women of colour, marginalized women of colour in thescene in mid-century CanadaFemme being the one to do public work, butch not able to take a man’s role but stayed at home. Almost imitating a hetero-normative relationshipSimilar to actif and pasif dynamic of gay men (butch in control of sexual practices and only femme bodies were touched) Binary present of who does what during the actAt the time, about 10:1 ratio of butch to femme_________________________________________________________________________________________________Soc209 Lecture 7 – March 7th, 2019Sexuality and Power (through three readings)First two through radical feminists*Catharine MacKinnon:What is the basis of sexual practice and fantasy?Answer:sexuality = male dominanceThesis: sexuality is a relation of male domination over women, argues that the essential problem is that they leave out male power to define what is erotic. Contemporary theories leave out the sexual constitution of sexual practice by hetero men. Argues that the task of feminism is to deconstruct sexuality to reveal socially constituted dimensions“A theory of sexuality … social hierarchy of men over women… subordination of women to men…definitive in that process” (pg. 33)“Further argues that what sex means when how and by whom, with what consequences are never confronted. Sexuality is not a discrete sphere of feeling, it is a pervasive dimension…Submission defining femininity…Inequality of the sexes. ” (Pg. 34)Sexual Revolution:movement became second wave feminism from the 60s, idea that women were having control over their own autonomy (birth controlfor example). They should pursue sexuality unabashedly, free from stigma or
shame and that pleasure was paramount to women’s sexual being. Women taking control of their bodies and sexualities. McKinnon argues that this was no revolution at all; really a revolution organized around male needs and desires and in effect, it simply increased male access to women’s bodies. [So now “liberated women” were free from shame in engaging in sexual action but still subservient to male heterosexual desires.] McKinnon argue against reigning idea that rape = violence? Says that this under-analyzes the sexual male-centered nature of all sexuality. Gave us the “

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