EN 2011 Lecture Notes - Sodomy, Sexual Objectification, John Money

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Gender Studies I
EN2011 – Fall 2010 – Terry Goldie
Lecture 2 – Sept 23
- Homosexuality identity – sodomite.
- Erotic interest.
- The role of science in sexuality/sexual orientation.
- Cultural interpretation of sex.
- Nature vs. nurture.
- Separating sexuality from reproduction.
Science
- Pleasure.
- ‘It’s not that the table doesn’t exist, it’s that it only becomes of importance when
one thinks about that.’
- We begin understanding of the world with the prejudice.
- To have a neutral way of understanding anything, specifically gender is
impossible.
Nature vs. Nurture
- Scientific understanding is better on nature than it is on nurture.
- Where does nature end and where does nurture begin?
oNature – the way you come out (physically).
oNurture – the way you are born, long hair and short hair.
- People who are quiet become loud, like they have a ticking bomb that went off.
- Who you are is constructed by society (social construction).
- Essentialist vs. existentialist – I am who I am because of my existence.
oExistentialist – when I am born I begin and when I die I end.
oEssentialist – Religion. Idea that you have an essence that precedes
existence.
- The essence of your is that idea of connecting to God.
Erotic Interest
- There are some people that have an erotic interest in the same or opposite sex.
- Those who are bisexual are lying/confused or not willing to tell.
- Papua New Guinea – Because of the cultural interpretation, reproduction or not
the main sexual reason/act. What produces warriors is the sexual interaction
between male and boys.
Homosexual Identity – Sodomite
- Increase of understanding of sexuality.
- Interesting projector of the understanding of sexuality.
- Fear focuses over male homosexuality.
- It begins in western culture as a religious problem.
- In the medieval period, you can’t have sex with men because it offends god.
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