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Lecture 4

WMST 2010 Lecture Notes - Lecture 4: Cisgender, Heterosexuality, Genderqueer


Department
Women's Studies
Course Code
WMST 2010
Professor
Josey
Lecture
4

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Sexual Identities and Their Meanings:
Identity v. Desire v. Behavior 9/8/16 3:49 PM
Inequalities
Sex is not equal to à
Gender Identity is not equal to à
Gender Expression
Male
Boy/Girl
Masculine
Female
Man/Woman
Feminine
Intra-sex
Transgender, Gender Queer,
Agender (Gender Neutral)
Defying the Binary
Pansexual/Omni sexual: Some genders, person first
Heterosexual: Man/Woman
Lesbian: Woman/Woman
Homosexual/Gay: Man/Man, Woman/Woman
Asexual: No attraction to a specific gender
Bisexual: Men and Women
Others?
Attraction
Sexual: Physical Intimacy
Romantic: Emotion Intimacy
A Brief History of Heterosexuality
1820-1860: “True” Love decreases “True” Man/Womanhood
1860-1892: The Pleasure Principle decreases
1892-1900: Kiernan, “inclination to both”; non-procreative
o Kraft-Ebbing, other sex attracted decreases
1900-1930: Gendered “oppositeness” sex affirmation
1930: 1945: Mainstreamed
1945-1965: “Cult of Domesticity, “Alfred Kinsey… Anarchy”
* Sociality is a social construction *
Gaydar
“What we’re looking for is neither the presence nor absence of
sexual desire for people of the same sex, but gender deviance”
(Wade and Ferree 97).
Compulsory Heterosexuality
“A rule that all men be attracted to women and all women to men”
(Wade and Ferree 97).
Heterosexuality is normalized and naturalized
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