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WOMS202 Lecture 3: Women And Sexuality

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Women's Studies
Cherrin Susan

Women and Sexuality Why is the Issue of Sexuality Important? Root of womens oppressioninequality A womans sexuality is often not her own. It belongs to her family and community and is proof of their morality and righteousness. Burn (67) WhoreVirgin Dichotomy Ideas about differences in sexual desire Men cannot control their sexual urges Women have selfcontrol protect their sexuality Need to control women limit their access to public sphere Access to schooleducation Work Independent movement 2017 National Scholastic Chess Championships in Putrajaya, Malaysia Stephanie Hughes, Woodford County High School in Kentucky Connected to Violence against women Honor Killings: killing a female relative who does something that dishonors the family (sexuality) Intimate Partner Violence MaritalSpousal Rape US: 1970s criminalize 1993: Illegal in all 50 states Issues of bodily Integrity FGC: Female Genital Cutting: all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for cultural or other nonmedical reason (45). Reproductive Rights and Choices connected to who controls womens bodies Access for young women who are minors Abortion Sexual Education Contraception Issues of selfesteem selfworth Shame around womens bodies Hide your body (puberty) Hide bodily functions like menstruation Issues of Identity Rise and debates around Identity Politics Sexual identity, race, gender based rights are controversial BUT sexual orientation (who a person feels sexual desire for) CAN be a massive part of that identity LGBTQ LGBTI communities
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