GAYLE RUBIN, THINKING SEX
historical periods in which sexuality is more sharply contested and more overtly
politicized and during which the domain of erotic life is  renegotiated (p.
Moral panic- political moment of sex which diffuse attitudes a
LECTURE: SEXUAL MODERNISM
What were the three key tenets of sexual modernism?
1.Sexual experience is not a drain on vital energy or a threat to morality
2.Society should broaden the range of acceptable sexual behavior
3.Normal women have (hetero)sexual d
11 November 2010
The pursuit of [sexual] happiness in Lady Chatterleys Lover
Ours is essentially a tragic age, so we refuse to take it tragically (Lawrence 5):
thus the seemingly tragic situation of Constance Chatterleys married life is set in
PAULINE RAGE, THE STORY OF O AND LECTURE ON STORY OF O
What was the authors motivation for writing the book?
o By the 1950s, Aury feared that Paulhan was losing interest in her
o O as a series of love letters to Paulhan, to keep him interested in her
LECTURE: KING KONG
To what extent does the movie King Kong corroborate bell hooks argument
about the link between whiteness and female beauty
o Anns beauty and universal desirability is taken as a given, that her
whiteness is accentuated by her clothes a
LECTURE: SIGMUND FREUD
What was Sigmund Freuds nationality, and what was his profession?
o Viennese doctor (began publishing 1900)
What are the characteristics of what Freud called libido?
o Sexuality a dangerous, explosive force that must be sublimated
RADCLYFFE HALL, THE WELL OF LONELINESS AND LECTURE ON RADCLYFFE HALL
(WHOSE NICKNAME WAS JOHN)
Why can one NOT consider The Well of Loneliness to be autobiographical?
o Hall not an aristocrat; did not grow up on an estate; father played no role
in her li
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18 November 2010
The Story of O
Pauline Reages Story of O, a piece of pornographic and erotic literature meant to incite
arousal, tells the tale of O and her sexual escapades in France. Covering aspects of romantic
LECTURE: THE INVENTION OF HETEROSEXUALITY
What were the socioeconomic developments that resulted in shifting demographic
and opposite-sex relationship patterns? From production to consumption
Merchant capitalism (1600-1860) trade, banking, farming and h
LECTURE: WILLIAM MASTERS AND VIRGINIA JOHNSON
Where did William Masters and Virginia Johnson conduct their research?
o Washington University Medical School in St. Louis
o Reproductive Biology Research Foundation clinic disguise sex research
What were th