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Political Science
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POLS 3710
Jordi Diez

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Politics and sexuality: concepts and definitions - formality and informality in politics - the concept of heteronormativity - gender - sex - sexual desire - sex, sexual orientation and gender roles formality and informality in politics - politics as the study of power - in political science there is a growing recognition that power can be distributed through informal mechanisms, such as ideas practices, and informal institutions - who gets what, when and how - informal institutions “socially shared rules, usually unwritten, that are created communicated and enforced outside officially sanctioned channels” – people respect - formal institutions – courts, judiciary, police - 1960-70’s some moved into informal institutions - family - patriarchy (informal) – men have power, men sit at head of table, men drive car concept of heteronormativity - informal institution, a vehicle to explore the politics surrounding the regulation of sexuality - heteronormativity: - expected to be monogamous (if not deviance, weak) - privilege - assumptions - when see a man and woman together = together, when see 2 men don’t assume they’re together - depends of context in culture - informal institution - nuclear family - norms, practices, expectations - reproduction – must be in a relationship & have kids, if not there’s something wrong - end goal - “family man” - sexual orientation, gender expectations - conceptionalized - contributed to the building of formal institutions - family -> becomes formal because its sanctioned by the state - financial benefits extended by the state to nuclear families - man, women & children - “a set of instutionalized norms and practices that supports and compels private heterosexuality, marriage, family, monogamous dyadic commitment and traditional gender roles” - sex, gender and sexual desire -> relationship of 3 concepts - one’s sex determines one’s gender - one’s sex determines one’s sexual desires - how we are expected to interact with society at large - once genitalia determines our desires – you will feel attracted to a person who posses the opposite genitalia - divides entire society into 2 camps – men & women - supposed to be attracted to one another - their alignment is that gender and bifurcation assigns our gender roles gender - expectations about roles - born with certain genitalia expected to act a specific way in society - the attributes that societies assign individuals given their sex - binary in nature - at the core of how many societies understand the world - Claire Colebrook: ideas on gender are inspired by relations between positive and negative energy that are central to ideas about creation - matter and form - thoughts varied over time - Christianity’s moral inflection - morally - men have logic - back to Ancient Greece – ideas about how we’re created – emotion (women) and rational (men) - biological differences between men and women – because men could only become citizens. Expectations of men are more rational than for women – told to control their emotions. Men use reason - mat
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