Midterm Prep.docx - Title The Invention of \u2018Heterosexuality Author Brandon Ambrosino Queer and Now Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick Main Points \u2022 Anything that

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Title Author Main Points Relevant quotes The Invention of ‘Heterosexuality Brandon Ambrosino Anything that has been constructed can be deconstructed before 1934 -> heterosexuality meant abnormal/morbid desire for those of the opposite sex before 19__ -> no word for heterosexuality at all the distinction between sex & sexuality -> “sex has no history” but sexuality, as a social construct, does There have always been sexual instincts throughout the animal world (sex). But at a specific point in time, humans attached meaning to theses instincts (sexuality). When humans talk about heterosexuality, we’re talking about the second thing. heterosexual sex -> act, natural, fact | heterosexual identity -> identity, socially constructed to have significance by the institutions and the people who run them Debates about sexual orientation have tended to focus on a badly defined concept of “nature”. Because different sex intercourse generally results in the propagation of the species, we award it a special moral status. But “nature” doesn’t reveal to us our moral obligations. “Systematic, rep universally applicable for social managem could be implemented scale”. Queer and Now Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick High rates of LGBTQ+ youth depression and suicide attempts Christmas effects When the Church, State etc. are all speaking with one voice Legal holidays, school holidays, advertisements etc. Normatively you should be able to figure out someone’s whole sexual identity if you know one aspect of it (ex: a person with a penis is a man who likes a female who is a person with XX chromosomes etc.) Queer -> when this deduction is inaccurate She argue against the monolithic understandings of sexuality that presume sexual identity as a static identity category. Queer is “the op of possibilities, overlaps, disson and resonances and excesses of when the consti elements of any gender, of anyo sexuality aren’t (and can’t be m signify monolith On the Christma “The ho constitu image o family” “They al up with other so once a y the mon
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created one can view” History of Sexuality Vol. 1 Michel Foucault Power is productive Michel Foucault -> French, 20th century philosophical historian, raised in wealthy, well educated family, who criticizes powerful institutions and takes a liberal view to historical facts (history is a storehouse for ideas, not necessarily to be used as a set narrative) (from Rubin) criticizes traditional understandings of sexuality | desires are not pre-existing biological entities but rather, constituted in the course of historically specific social practices Basically, before the 19th century -> there was less censorship of sex & bodies however, with the rise of the Victorian Bourgeoisie came the rise of censorship Classifications don’t simply describe, but constitute identities, in historical and culturally specific ways Foucault’s doubts/questions: 1. Is sexual repression truly an established historical fact?
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