12.06.07 Thurs - Outline 12/6/07 Steven Seidman: Queer...

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Outline 12/6/07 Steven Seidman: Queer theory Essentialism Judith Butler: Deconstructing lesbian identity Identity and politics Sexuality in Sociological Theory Steven Seidman (SUNY-Albany) Problem w/ classical sociological theorists is that there is a silence on sexuality They don’t mention sexuality b/c they assume that there is a “natural order” linking sex, gender, and sexuality. Criticizes sociologists for thinking that there is this “natural order” linking sex, gender, and sexual Criticizes the hetero/homo binary (either homosexual or heterosexual) Hetero-sexualization of society: insistence of a binary category, the norm is to be heterosexual and you either are or you aren’t. In recent years there has started to be more of a focus on sexuality Sex comes back into public discourse Early 1900s: Women’s movement, radical struggles. Suffrage movement, flappers, Freudian psychoanalysis 1950s-1960s: rock music 2 nd wave feminism beatnik and rebel culture (sexual
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course SOCIOLOGY 314 taught by Professor Mische during the Fall '07 term at Rutgers.

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