Social dimensions of love and intimacy

handout from today’s discussion

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The History of Sexuality, Michel Foucault

Michel Foucault, The History of Sexuality, Volume I: An Introduction

If you get a chance, take a look at this and think about how Foucault’s “repressive hypothesis” shapes sexuality. How can we understand this idea in terms of gender?

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What Do Women Want?

This article in the New York Times Magazine (Daniel Bergner, “What Do Women Want?”), is interesting when read alongside today’s readings. Think about how desire is socially constructed and how this differs for men and for women.

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Judith Butler in The Examined Life

I was thinking more about our discussion from today–about the limits and boundaries of bodies, of embodied experience, social and cultural influences on how we understand bodies, and so forth–and was reminded of this clip from the film, The Examined Life. We’ve read some Judith Butler in the course–see if you can connect some of what she says here with the ideas presented in the reading.

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Ariel Levy, “Lesbian Nation”

This is an interesting article by Ariel Levy that appeared in the New Yorker. Take a look and think about this in terms of how we have been discussing ‘the political’ in class. In today’s reading (“Male Lesbians and the Postmodern Body”), Zita recounts the view of the Radcalesbians in the 1970s: “Definitions of ‘lesbian’ were desexualized and presented as a political choice.” How does this relate to the article posted here?

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testosterone

This American Life did a show about testosterone. Act 2, Infinite Gent, is very interesting. Have a listen when you get a chance.

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Becoming Miles: The Journey Of Changing Sexes

This is a great segment from NPR. If you follow the link there is a summary (text) and a link where you can listen to the segment. It goes nicely with the film we watched today (Southern Comfort).

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