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Sexual Diversity Studies
SDST 250
Lucas Crawford

Reading Notes for September 26, 2012 SDST 250 Dungeon Intimacies: The Poetics of Transsexual Sadomasochism by Susan Stryker  LINKS S/M play parties starting 1989  14 street (House of the Golden Bull)  Michael Foucault: “ You find emerging in places like San Francisco and New York what might be called laboratories of sexual experimentation.”  No place can be more local than the body.  Transsexual sadomasochism incarnates the processes within and through which the body materializes the specificity of its location, installing the body that practices it as a place.  Transsexual sadomasochism in dungeon space enacts Poesis (an act of artistic creation)  Topoanalysis and Rhythmoanalysis o Bachelard in the Poetics of Space suggests two-fold approach to spatial poetics: Topoanalysis and rhythmoanalysis. o Topoanalysis - exploring who you are by the places that are important to you; an auxiliary to psychoanalysis. o Rhythmoanalysis accounts for the habitual movements through which we inhabit those sites. o Gender is a percussive symphony of automatisms, reverberating through the space of our bodies before there is an awareness of awareness itself. Class Notes SDST 250 September 26, 2012  S/M – intense body pain for something better  “When we produce an image, we produce an audience.”  time magazine – image of immigration  Delaney  1995 Reasoning  Black Gay new york activist: Kenyon Farrow  Kenyon Farrow: “Sidewalk become runway.”  in the 1990s  Pushed from times square to the peers  “Memory is the amnesia you like.”  What me remember is as much a function of what we forget.  New York city is all about a historic figure but their memory of the area has a lot to do of what they want to forget.  Stryker: Rather than doing what Foucault suggests, we need to change what we think about intimacy.  We think of intimacy as letting people in.  Usually, letting people in means letting them in to
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