WMST 2010 Lecture Notes - Lecture 5: Choice Function
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Sexual Identities and Their Meanings:
Identity v. Desire v. Behavior 9/8/16 3:49 PM
“A Question of Class” by Dorothy Allison
• How do you understand the concept of “Us/Them”? What does it
o Alienation and boundaries
o Someone else’s “Them”
§ A/Not A
§ White and Gay
ú “Us” and “Them”
o Idealized v. reality
§ Myth Virtuous
• How does this relate to Dorothy Allison’s essay from Thursday?
Us v. Them
• Who is included?
• Who is valuable?
• Whose perspective matters?
• Who is given the benefit of the doubt?
• Who is a “member”?
• Who is “human”?
• Who is worth recognizing?
• What is lost in the focus on a romanticized “myth of the poor” or a
o Class VS Socio Economic Status (SES)
§ “Good poor” and “Bad poor”
ú Hardworking, honorable and poor decisions
• Who is deserving?
o Benefit of the doubt
o Conditional provisional inclusion
How does “choice” function for Allison”?
• What were her choices?
• How did they change over time?
• What cased the change?
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