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Department
Justice
Course
AHSS*1130
Professor
Rauf Azhar
Semester
Fall

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Sociology Nov 20 Bi­sexuality: • Attracted to different people at different points in your lifetime • Attraction to person of either gender • Doesn’t mean that people do both at the same time  A­sexuality: • You have no sexual self • No desires • You exist outside of having a sexuality  • No sense of sexuality at all and no understanding of themselves  Essentialist:  • Our sexuality is rooted in our biology • All about nature and biology • Everything is explained by reference to your biology • Normal: monogamous, married  • Deviant: premarital, extramarital, same gender, recreational sex that isn’t about  procreation (not acceptable) • Dangerous to assume that everything is created about biology  Social constructionism: • Why does society think sex is so important? Why are we so obsessed with this  one aspect of our lives? Why don’t we use “smart” things to sell products instead  of sex? • Things vary across cultures  • Question the whole area of a binary • How we construct what the dominant ideas of sexuality in our society should be Feminism: Essential Feminist: • Because woman’s pleasure doesn’t come from penetration Liberal Feminists: • Sex isn’t all about men • They should try to please the women • More respect for women Interactionism Feminism: • Sex is scripts  • Want us to get out of these scripts because they're patriarchal and unfair  Queer: • Sexuality is about following desire • Sexualities are fluid • Society and changing definitions  • Michelle Foucault ALL 4 THEORIES ON EXAM Issues: Homophobia: • The fear/hatred of homosexuals  • Sexual prejudice • Heterosexism: the guy from my big fat Greek wedding but talking about being  straight • Sexual stigma: ignorance • Contact: If you don’t know gay/lesbian people, there’s more of a chance of you  being homophobic  • Gay men are more disliked than lesbian women, 
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