Reading Schedule

NOTE: All course readings are either available online (at link listed in schedule) OR through WebVista (if no link is listed). 

Course Schedule*

*This schedule is subject to change. All changes will be announced via our course blog and twitter feed. 
jan 19 Review class/syllabus 

jan 24 Using blogs in the classroom 
Discuss concept notebook assignment. 

jan 26 Using twitter in the classroom 
Discuss "What's Sex Got to do with...?" assignments 

jan 31 What is the POLITICS of SEX? 

film: Begin Straightlaced 

feb 2 What is the POLITICS of SEX? 

  • Cranny-Francis, Anne, Wendy Waring, Pam Stavropoulos, and Joan Kirkby, ed. "Ways of Talking," 1-41. 
film: continue Straightlaced 
Due: Statement on the meaning/purpose of critically engaging with the "politics of sex." 

feb 7 Sex/Gender/Desire 

  • Butler, Judith. Excerpt from Gender Trouble 
  • Pascoe, C.J. "Becoming Mr. Cougar: Institutionalizing Heterosexuality and Masculinity at River High" 
  • Lorber, Judith. "Beyond the Boundaries: Depolarizing the Categories of Sex, Sexuality and Gender"
feb 9 Normal, Normalization, Normativity 

Film Clips: Toilet Training 
feb 14 Heteronormativity 
Optional: Warner, Michael and Lauren Berlant. Excerpt from "Sex in Public," 547-557. 

feb 16 Privilege and Oppression 


feb 21  Sexed bodies 

  • FOCUS: Somerville, Sibohan. "Scientific Racism and the Emergence of the Homosexual Body" 
  • Wilchins, Riki. "Can Sex Have Opposites?" 
  • Martin, Emily. "The Egg and the Sperm" 
feb 23   Sexed bodies

  • hooks, bell. "Selling Hot Pussy"
film: clips from Cultural Criticism and Transformation

Special Event: Presentation by Dr. Somerville on friday, feb 25th @ 4PM in Walter Library 101. Earn extra credit by attending and posting a brief (200-300 word) reflection on our blog.  

feb 28 The Invention of Sexuality 
  • Katz, Jonathan. "The Invention of Heterosexuality"
  • Weeks, Jeffrey. "The Invention of Sexuality"
  • Marinucci, Mimi. "The Social Construction of Sexuality"
march 2 Sexuality and sex practices 

  • Rubin, Gayle. Excerpt from "Thinking Sex" 
  • Wilkerson, Abby. "Disability, sex radicalism, and political agency"
  • Bednarska, Dominika. "Passing Last Summer"
  • Seibers, Tobin. "Sex, Shame and Disability Identity"

march 7 Gender 

  • Bornstein, Kate. Excerpts from My Gender Workbook and Gender Outlaw
  • West, Candace and Don H. Zimmerman. "Doing Gender"
FILM: The Codes of Gender

march 9  

We will be meeting in Blegen 415 and 425 for diablog discussions. No class on Friday, March 11. 

march 14/16 SPRING BREAK 


march 21 Caster Semenya: sex/gender/sexuality/race/nation

note: The video that is embedded in this entry no longer works. Here is a link to the video.

Diablog: Levy, Dreger and the 2 Scully essays

march 23 No Class Today
march 28 Athletes and Sex

  • Carty. "Textual Portrayals of Female Athletes"
  • McKay/Johnson. "Pornographic eroticism and sexual grotesquerie in representations of African American sportswomen"
  • Some "What's Sex..." entries: 
  1. what's sex got to do with...athletics??
  2. what's sex got to do with...the Olympics?
  3. what's sex got to do with...sports?
  4. what's sex got to do with...workout shoes?
Diablog: Carty 

march 30 Final Group Projects
april 4 Bodies and Pleasures and the Medicalization of Desire 

film: Begin Orgasm, inc

april 6 Bodies and Pleasure and the Medicalization of Desire 

  • Sociological Images. "The Medicalization of Sexuality"  
  • Koedt, Anne. "Myth of the Vaginal Orgasm" 
  • Tiefer, Leonere. "Women's Sexual Problems" 
  • Lorde, Audre. "The Uses of the Erotic: Erotic as Power"
film: Complete Orgasm, inc
april 11 Sex and Children

  • Levine, Judith. Preface/Introduction from Harmful to Minors: The Perils of Protecting Children from Sex 
  • Fahs, Breanne. "Daddy's Little Girls"
april 13 Sex and Children 
  • Orenstein, Peggy. Excerpt from Cinderella Ate My Daughter
Diablog: Levine and Fahs

april 18 Sex Education  

april 20 Sex Education 
finish film: The Education of Shelby Knox

Diablog: Fields 

april 25 Presentations 

april 27 Presentations 

may 2 Presentations 

may 4 Wrap-Up

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