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Women of Color Feminisms on Sexual Identity Week 7, Lecture 6 Wmst 60 Professor Miller-Young
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Understanding Sexuality A contested field, debated inside and outside feminism. Differs from “sex” (as male vs. female or the sex act) and gender (social and cultural distinctions between men and women/masculinity and femininity) Erotic desires, practices and identities, informing and informed by personal and social life.
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Three Views on Sexuality “Essentialist” view sees sexuality as given by nature, fixed, unalterable. “Social constructionist” view sees sexuality as historically constructed through social discourses, which order sexuality along lines of normal vs. deviant behaviors. This view understands sexuality to be constantly re-defined and re-constructed. “Performative” or “postmodern” view sees sexuality as less defined by social structures and discourses and more by personal preferences and self- articulation, performance. Emphasizes the diversity and fluidity of sex roles, desires and identities.
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