POL101Y1 Lecture Notes - Sexual Identity, Sexual Attraction, Dennis Altman

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Published on 30 Nov 2010
School
UTSG
Department
Political Science
Course
POL101Y1
MonSept13, Wednesday Sept15
POL315
Capitalism, Identity Formation, Globalization
Why Sexual Diversity Politics Matters?
-Rights, equity
-Relationship between rights claims around gender
-About social relations
-Politics is not just about laws; about broader social relationships and social equity
-Has specific political relevance because what policies include and exclude affects how
people see the “other”
-Jeffrey Weeks- sexuality is intimately linked to moral and social anxiety and has been
for at least a century
-The most acute moral anxieties are about sexual roles and gender roles; tied to
conceptions of the normal/abnormal
-Sexuality being a trigger for debates over morality, normalcy, social stability, family, etc.
-The fact that steps have been taken to sympathize with moral conservatives (Can fed
gov!t), this suggests that sexuality is still important
-In other parts of the world, many of these issues have only begun to be asked about
Analytical Basics
"Identity Politics
-“Sexual identity development of a sense of self shaped by one!s pattern of sexual
attractions to other people
-Sexual identity also refers to the way you are seen by others
-Emergence of a variety of identity labels
-For some who identity themselves in one of these categories, they would see this as
political and act politically on that basis, others not
-People who don!t see the identity in political terms usually act political without being
conscious of it
-Having your identity shaped by your sexual practice is a modern idea
-The development of sexual identities was an inevitable product of modernity; others
argue that the emergence of these identities and a politics based on these identities
have as many negative aspects as the positive
-The debate about this reveals a growing divide between activists and academics;
trying to organize politically is hard to do without a core constituency
-Sometimes queer academics and writers are critical of mainstream organizations; a lot
of the criticism is based on the absence of activist experience and failure to recognize
the difficulty of working in these organizations
"Essentialism
-Clear division between male and female; creation of a category that there is a
universality of experience in M&F, homosexuality, lesbianism, transgender
-Assumes that everyone in each category has a similar experience
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Politics is not just about laws; about broader social relationships and social equity. Has speci c political relevance because what policies include and exclude affects how people see the other . Jeffrey weeks- sexuality is intimately linked to moral and social anxiety and has been for at least a century. The most acute moral anxieties are about sexual roles and gender roles; tied to conceptions of the normal/abnormal. Sexuality being a trigger for debates over morality, normalcy, social stability, family, etc. The fact that steps have been taken to sympathize with moral conservatives (can fed govt), this suggests that sexuality is still important. In other parts of the world, many of these issues have only begun to be asked about. Sexual identity development of a sense of self shaped by ones pattern of sexual. Sexual identity also refers to the way you are seen by others. Emergence of a variety of identity labels.