week8-Thinking About Sexuality

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Thinking about sexuality
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I Second Wave Feminism and Female Sexuality 1. hetersexuality = oppression • Control and understanding of body • Power, submission, harm • No pleasure in an unequal society
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2. Knowledge of sexuality • Theory of vaginal orgasm • “frigid” • “Myth of the Vaginal Orgasm” • Deliberate: subordination of pleasure • Heterosexual
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•Women‟s health movement: knowledge and comfort
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3. Lesbian feminism • Homosexuality a „mental disorder‟ until 1973; illegal in Canada until 1969
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i) “woman-identified woman” • 1970 (Radicalesbians) • At front of struggle: defined traditional roles; broke link between sex, reproduction • Relationships with women • Political statement: loves women; comfortable
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ii) Tensions in the movement • Homophobia • Fear of undermining feminism • Didn‟t want to give up relationships with men • race
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iii) Compulsory heterosexuality • Adrienne Rich • not a free choice • enforced by social, cultural and institutional norms • denying sexual expression
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• Heterosexism: heterosexuality seen as natural, moral, superior • privileged
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This note was uploaded on 09/26/2011 for the course WS 101 taught by Professor Kate during the Spring '09 term at Simon Fraser.

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