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2/20/08 Women’s Studies Lecture Notes 1. Key Concepts a. Social construction of sexuality b. Same-sex sexuality c. 100% straight 2. The social construction of sex a. Rupp: What counts as sex? i. Ritual ingestion of sperm? ii. Romantic friendship? 1. Victorian women having romantic friendships iii. Phone sex? iv. Oral sex? v. Her Point: There are behaviors that are performed in one era and performed in another place and the way those behaviors registered depend on the culture, or in some cultures may not register at all vi. People could be doing the same thing, and some consider it as sex, some not, some as same-sex, some as otherwise vii. Sex is culturally specific and is very complex in its definition b. Legal construction of sex i. Rape law – large variation in what counts as rape, that variation between states, define it around consent, use of force, whether rape counts only with vaginal penetration or any other orifice, or if non-penis type object is used, etc. what is sex? ii.
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