WGS272 Lecture #3

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Women and Gender Studies
Dina Georgis

TA Diane 012611WGS272 Lecture 3 Queer Origins Freuds teachings How did we understand sexuality before FreudBiology science illnessStudies for instance were conducted to see if theres a relationship between size of the female homosexuality There were no social or psychological explanation for understanding peoples sexualityFreuds Contribution to SexualityAllowed us to think about sexuality beyond biology and beyond the binary of biology vs social construction Our sexuality is a development process ie children have a sexualityOur experiences leave impressions on us that are psychically very deep they almost feel innate most people call it impression on identity He introduced the idea of the unconscious which suggests that who we are and our sexualities are not always transparent Challenged the Enlightenment notion that we can know ourselves But still believed psychoanalysis to be a science that would uncover the unknownFreuds biological drivesEros or the life drive libido survival basic necessities Goes hand in hand with our desire to destroy Thanatos or the death drive aggression destruction These drives pull us in opposite directions creating an internal conflict but often th
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