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WMNST400, Week 3 Notes

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In Week 4 of WMNST400, we finished discussing feminist members and started talking about TransFeminism. Key terms: transgender, cisgenderism, cisgender, medicalization and subjugation, women's bodi...
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Date Created: 01/14/16
Week Three: TransFeminism WMNST400 Debates of Contemporary Feminisms January 26, 2016 What other ways do we alter or manipulate our bodies in pursuit of sexual pleasure? - Shaving pubic hair/other regions - Bondage/fetish - Dress/piercings/tattoos/and other body modifications - Waist trending Where do we get information about what our genital “should” look like? - Sex education or general biology class - Media - Relationships (sexual or platonic) - Images at the doctor’s office Art & Activism Sophia Wallace, Cliteracy The Great Wall of Vagina, Jamie McCartney The New View Campaign - Dedicated to challenging the medicalization of sex - Led by Leonore Tiefer Formed in 2000 as a grassroots network to challenge the distorted and oversimplified messages about sexuality that the pharmaceutical industry relies on to sell its new drugs Inga Muscio, “Cunt: A Declaration of Independence” Preface & Part One Argues: women, can, and must change their relationship to the word cunt - Can be universal; cunt is a word that unites all women - The word is deeply rooted in women’s actual realities in patriarchal society - Can be transformed into positive women language regardless of race, age, class, religion or the degrees of lesbianism we enjoy January 28, 2016 Naomi Wolf is interested in the connection between the vagina and the mind/brain → “The Brain-Vagina Connection” (actually copied from Audre Lorde’s article entitled, “Power of the Erotic;” however Wolf’s ideals are scientific-based) How have we arrived at this modern conception of the vagina or cunt? Naomi Wolf, “The Victorian Vagina: Medicalization and Subjugation” Argues: In the 19th century, the vagina became the focus of medicalization control of women’s sexuality. 19th Century: An era of the medicalization and control of women’s vaginas Morality: the development of a moral system around women’s vaginas and sexuality (good/bad) “Bad” clit Politics of Respectability: - bad/good - public/private - “womb envy” Stronger link between women and reproduction - negative relationship - reproduction limited women’s opportunities for advancement 19th Century Rise of Gynecology - the heroic medicine of male doctors - practice of midwives declined Masturbation - obsession with the dangers of this - threat to patriarchy - men couldn’t dominate women sexually - gynecologists decided to profit off of bringing women to orgasm Hysteria - Greek word, meaning “that which proceeds from the uterus” - Leads to the 19th century invention of the vibrator - Was an aliment considered chronic in women and was thought to be the result of sexual depravation - Treated by stimulation to reach orgasm


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