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Gayle Rubin “Thinking Sex” (excerpt) General Questions: 1. What are Rubin’s concepts of sex/gender system, political economy of sex and " sex hierarchy " similar to or different from Foucault’s ideas of discursive sexuality in The History of Sexuality I ? 2. Is the dream of ‘the elimination of obligatory sexualities and sex roles” (551) possible to realize? (The other way to ask the question: in what ways is heterosexuality compulsory [Rich], or obligatory [Rubin]?) 3. In what ways do we define sex, gender, sexuality? (More when we get to Judith Butler) Sex: biological differences between “female” and “male” --Does it determine everything? Gender: social construction of “femininity” and “masculinity” Sexuality: differences in the choice of sexual identity, sexual partner, sexual behavior. -- “homosexual” and “heterosexual” –fixed by nature, by culture, by choice, or fluid and constructed by social environments ? 4. How do we look at sexual activities usually seen as “abnormal”? For instance, abortion, homosexuality, pre-marital sex, porn, cyber sex, FGM (female genital mutilation), etc. Is there a way to completely eliminate sex hierarchy? Where, when and how do we need to define sex as good and bad? General Introduction to Rubin : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gayle_Rubin Rubin, a sex-positive feminist, "The Traffic of Women: Notes on the Political Economy of Sex" – sex/gender system (a neutral term different from “reproduction of labor power” or “patriarchy”) and how it turns sexual bodies into different genders. Limitations of Levi-Strauss, Freud and Marx Political economy of sex: women as forms of commodities in the exchange system of marriage; (women bridal wealth status in society political power) In effect, as a socialist-radical feminist she presents “two different material bases for patriarchy: class-based modes of economic production, on the one hand, and gender-based modes of sexual and kinship production, on the other.”
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This note was uploaded on 09/13/2009 for the course SWMS 210gm taught by Professor Marciniak during the Spring '07 term at USC.

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