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lecture 12 - Women,Culture,andSociety...

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Women, Culture, and Society Professor Yana V. Rodgers Class 12
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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 1. 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 * 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. 1. 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. 1. The relationship between capitalism and the family is fundamentally  contradictory. Capitalism makes it possible for individuals to live outside the 
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