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MIT21A_218JS10_lec07 - SEXUALITY Read: Nagel, Joane....

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SEXUALITY Read: Nagel, Joane. “Introduction: Sex matters: Racing sex and sexing race,” “Ethnosexual frontiers: Cruising and crossing intimate intersections,” “Constructing ethnicity and sexuality: Building boundaries and identities,” “Sex and race: The color of sex in America,” “Sex and nationalism: Sexually imagined communities.” In Race, Ethnicity and Sexuality: Intimate Intersections, Forbidden Frontiers . New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2003. ISBN: 9780195127478. Sexuality and “the Other” A widespread concern about boundaries The “Other” can be both very different, at times perceived as barely human And too close for comfort Mixed race children in India, Dutch East Indies (Nagel) Fag (maybe YOU) Examples from Colonialism Nagel cites Stoler 1 Concern with sexuality in the colonies was about Sexual access and reproduction Class distinctions and racial demarcations Nationalism and European identity Example: the policy in Dutch East Indies Early on concubinage was encouraged Married men could not work for the company Cheaper for companies (less housing, etc.) and native women were slaves, laborers as well as concubines 1 Material in this section from Ann Stoler: Carnal knowledge and imperial power: Gender, race and morality in Colonial Asia. Pp. 13-31 in Roger N. Lancaster & Micaela di Leonardo, eds. The Gender Sexuality Reader: Culture, History, Political Economy . Routledge. Sexuality 2010 12/14/2010
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2 Later on there were problems, especially after mixed-race children appeared (too close) Such arrangements gave rise to anxiety about possible political agitation Problems with maintaining white prestige Feared disloyalty of offspring Later on in century Concubinage came to symbolize European fears about the security of European hegemony and white prestige So, European women emigrated to colonies European women seen as fragile psychological, physically So when they did emigrate to colonies, segregationist standards were what women deserved Expanded racism, eugenics came into play; Women were the solution to fears of “degeneration” as mothers and as maintainers Of health, happy households (no prostitutes), good nutrition A turnaround from notion that the native was stronger, more acclimated So that mixed-race children represented fears of degeneracy from miscegenation Europeans should NOT adapt to local food, language, and dress The notion of superior women developed: Men came to be considered more susceptible to moral turpitude than women Women were thus held responsible for the immoral states of men Women needed to insulate their men from cultural and sexual contamination Remember Linda Gordon’s discussion of Victorian women being seen as morally superior? Cult of True Womanhood?
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3 Native men seen as lustful, uncontrollable urges, aroused by the mere sight of white women Such fears unified the often factionalized European community around a common threat from the outside Remember lecture outlining possible functions of deviance classifications? Stoler suggests that accusations often increased
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MIT21A_218JS10_lec07 - SEXUALITY Read: Nagel, Joane....

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