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lesbian experience in the United States Arlene Stein , Sex and Sensibility what are the major messages of the book? what big picture views did you take away? • she argues that sexual or sexuality identities based on object of desire (hetero/homo) are too restrictive to accommodate the range of subjective experiences that she found in her interviews again, we see the tyranny of binary classificatory ideals sexuality binarism rooted in sex/gender binarism having “a sex” and “having sex”… with someone else —> “having” a sexuality (we’ll start to look at other ways of imaging these things next time) are you clear on “ sexual essentialism ” v. “ social constructivist ” views of sexuality? (9-) essentialism = naturalization, grounded in some sort of biological basis (e.g., medicalization); origin born that way, inherent — ascribed status “gender essentialism” implies that “being” a woman or man means that you’ll behave, feel, even think in particular pre-set ways
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