Social Issues in Gender and Sexuality swms 210 Room tth 202 mw 10-11: 20 Professor Halberstam Office hrs: m 11: 30-1: 00 pm Description

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Social Issues in Gender and Sexuality

SWMS 210 Room TTH 202 MW 10-11:20

Professor Halberstam Office hrs: M 11:30-1:00 pm

This course is designed to introduce some of the major debates about gender and sexuality within the field of critical gender studies. We will be considering the relations between the history of sexuality and the politics of gender. We will read some primary texts in gender theory, and in the study of sexuality, desire, and embodiment. This course also provides an introduction to the interdisciplinary examination of human sexual and erotic desires, orientations, and identities. We will study how desires are constructed, how they vary and remain the same in different places and times, and how they interact with other social and cultural phenomena such as government, family, popular culture, scientific inquiry, and, especially, race and class.

Hanne Blank, Straight: The Surprisingly Short History of Heterosexuality. (Boston, MA:

Beacon Press, 2012

Sigmund Freud, Three Essays. NY: Basic Books, 2000.
RW Connell, Masculinities. Los Angeles, CA: UC Press, 2005.

Linda Nicholson, ed. The Second Wave Reader: A Reader in Feminist Theory,

NY: Routledge, 1997.
Peggy Orenstein, Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of

Girlie-Girl Cultures. NY: Harper, 2012.
Patricia Williams. Alchemy of Race and Rights: Diary of a Law Professor. Cambridge,

MA: Harvard UP, 1992.

Born in Flames (1983) dir. Lizzie Borden

Pumping Iron 1 (1977) directed by George Butler

He’s Just Not That Into You (2009) Ken Kwapis

Real Women Have Curves (2002) directed by Patricia Cardosa

The Accused (1988) dir. Jonathan Kaplan


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