Politics of Sexuality – Spring 2018
March 09, 2018
Definition of Terms:
Three points each (15)
Sex: a biological category based on either XX (female) or XY (male)
chromosomes and genitalia
Gender: a socially constructed category of male and female
Male/Female: having masculine or feminine traits in the eyes of society
OR biologically XY or XX chromosomes
Intersex Conditions: when a person is born with ambiguous genitalia of
the two sexes
Transgender: a sex and/or gender change; when a person crosses
genders from female to male, or male to female
Three or Five Points each
The History of Sex
Discuss three different inventions or
invocations that were initial thought to have negative repercussions on
sexual behavior; and explain why they were thought to be so.
The automobile: Many movies, like Grease, have scenes of teenagers
getting it on in cars. A famous example would be Rizzo (from Grease)
when she was knocked up in a car! The car did indeed allow for
teenagers back then (and even now) to have an easy access to sex.
AIDS: Coming out of the 70’s, which was an era for free sex and orgies,
in the 80’s AIDS was discovered among gays. At least, it was thought
to be only gays. And it was thought to be a kind of cancer. But soon it
spread, and people were afraid to have sex, and they were afraid of
Am I having Sex, Now or What?
why it may be important to understand what it means to have sex.