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WMNST227/ENG027, Week 1 Notes

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WMNST227/ENG027, Week 1 Notes WMNST227/ENG027

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These notes cover Thursday's lecture and analysis of the reading "History of Sexuality" by Michel Foucault.
Introduction to Sexuality and Culture
Claire Colebrook
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Women's Studies, foucault, history, sexuality, life, english




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This 1 page Class Notes was uploaded by Bria Williams on Thursday January 14, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to WMNST227/ENG027 at Pennsylvania State University taught by Claire Colebrook in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 15 views. For similar materials see Introduction to Sexuality and Culture in Women and Gender studies at Pennsylvania State University.

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Date Created: 01/14/16
WMNST227 or ENG027: Introduction to Culture and Sexuality January 14, 2016 Queer theory, feminist theory and gender theory are all related. Queer theory came from individuals not wanting to be labeled as only gay or lesbian. Feminist theory fights for the rights of women. Gender theory analyzes the distinction between sex/gender: - sex is a biological construction - gender is a social construction Key terms/ideas in Foucault’s “The History of Sexuality” below: 1. Repressive hypothesis > it’s the prohibition of it that results in repression; by repressing sexuality, you bring it into society 2. Power > power works from the bottom - up 3. Discourse > the way in which we discuss the same things, differently 4. Biopolitics > when power starts to operate directly on the body through moderating strategies *FYI: Foucault is a post-structuralist.* Foucault’s claims in the text: - There is no such thing as sexuality as we understand it, until people are sexually freed - We are constantly internally monitoring ourselves through discourses; society works better this way - Because we start communicating about it, it is invented - Sexuality, race, gender and ability do not exist naturally, it is the outcome of us monitoring ourselves - What you think is liberating you, is actually monitoring you; we are accepting feminism as radical, when it is not - Power works in reverse; micropower - Your interiority (what you think makes you unique) is historically and culturally contingent


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