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Women, Culture, and Society Class 12 Gender as a Social Category: Origins of Gay Identity
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Organization 1. Introduce Author and Reading 2. Main arguments 3. Features of capitalism 4. Relationships btw capitalism and homosexuality Before 1850s Second half of 1800s to WWII Post WWII 5. Policy Implications
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Introduce Author and Reading 1. Capitalism and Gay Identity 2. Author: John D’Emilio * Professor of history at the University of Illinois at Chicago * Pioneer in field of gay & lesbian studies * Founding director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force's Policy Institute * Founded the first Gay Academic Union in 1973 * Work quoted by Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy in the 2003 Lawrence v. Texas case, the historic decision that declared state sodomy statutes unconstitutional.
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Main Arguments 1. Lesbian and gay identity and communities are historically created. Result of a process of capitalist development that has spanned many generations. 2. Capitalism has led to the separation of sexuality from procreation. Free labor system has allowed large number of women and men to call themselves gay and to organize politically on the basis of that identity. 3. The relationship between capitalism and the family is fundamentally contradictory. Capitalism makes it possible for individuals to live outside
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