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Women and Sexuality

Abstract:

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In this course, we will explore women’s various sexualities in how these sexualities are shaped throughout history in the West and the East, for White, Black, Latina women, for the women in the Eastern cultures, for Lesbian and bisexual women in US, etc.. While exploring these issues, we will also pay attention to how women react to these social definitions/framings, by sometimes adopting, sometimes resisting and redefining them. We will see how Black women, Eastern women, lesbians are presented in visual arts (photographs, paintings, films) and literature, and how these women self-represent, diverting the male, colonial, heterosexist, Orientalist gazes. In the interdisciplinary spirit of women’s studies, we will be reading works of sociology, history, psychology, philosophy, cultural studies, and reading about and viewing visual art.

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Resource Type(s):
Syllabus 
Author(s):
Ayse Dayi, Towson University  
Date Published:
5/25/2011 
Subject Area:
Sexualities 
Class Level:
College 300 
Class Size:
Medium 
Language:
English 


Learning Goals and Assessments:

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Goal 1:
Students will gain an understanding of how social forces, rather than the biological “facts” of one’s sex, determine definitions of women’s sexualities, research on sexuality, and the reproductive policies that are based on our definitions.
Assessment 1:
Online posts-Weekly, students log on to the online discussion board and pose a critical question OR respond to another student’s question or response, making connection to the readings/citing them. Movie Handouts, Group Discussions, Exams, Research Paper
Goal 2:
Two small projects that involve critical analysis of images of Black women’s sexualities and Orientalism in current U.S. Students find and critique pieces of visual art or news media with images of Black women (Project 1) and Eastern women (Project 2).
Assessment 2:
Two small projects that involve critical analysis of images of Black women’s sexualities and Orientalism in current U.S. Students find and critique pieces of visual art or news media with images of Black women (Project 1) and Eastern women (Project 2).
Goal 3:
Assessment 3:
Using the images, students analyze the representations of women’s sexualities: producers of these images, their assumptions, messages, and target audience. They conclude by imagining how the images could be (re)produced in ways that would empower women.

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