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Philosophy and Sexuality (Week 8)

by: Molly McMullen

Philosophy and Sexuality (Week 8) PHIL2025

Molly McMullen

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Date Created: 03/02/16
Philosophy and Sexuality (Week 8) Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)  One founder of philosophy existentialism  Ideas didn’t start to take place until after WWI, especially after WWII  There are two versions of existentialism  Atheist version (Sactre)  Religious (Kierkeguard - 1800s, Niehbur - 20th century)  Existentialism is critical to what is going on in the world today  Neihbur - moral man and immoral society  We as humans are decent when we're alone, but in groups, we are horrible and nasty things happen 1 Situation: thrown-ness  You're like a rock that wakes up after someone's already thrown it  In the situation of thrown-ness, God is dead - there's no ultimate truth or authority to tell people they're right or wrong  It's not that God never existed, but us humans killed him 2 Quality of human beings: will to power  Related to instinct because it's this drive we have in us  Things that compose it  Will to survive  Will to win  Will to skill (we want to dominate our environment) 3 Be Superman (German: Übermensche - meaning overman, overcoming)  What you do: take responsibility for your own choices (strongest of the will)  Freedom - Non-Freedom paradox  Response: create your own values  Do not follow the herd - only way herd operates: religion, politics  When you follow the herd, you give up on your duty to make your own decisions (on par with atheist line)  We see friendship  Higher goal, worthy relationship  Passion: fleeting thing  Marriage: more permanent  If you base marriage solely on passion, it's stupidity/ridiculous  If friendship isn't the base of relationship, there will be no marriage Victorian Society  Queen Victoria (1837-1901)  We get this era from her  Rapid industrialization  Railroads were being built  People moved from the country to the city for work  Cash economy  Women's work became less socially valued  Women were tied to the house  Legal marriage became predominant  The government controlled relationships in this era  Era of great creativity  Development of middle class  People can finally buy things that were originally for the rich  Sexual practices were quite conservative  No sex ed.  Women were not properly educated  They learned about sex on their wedding night from their husband  Men learned about sex from peers and prostitutes  Female orgasm in Victorian society  Assumed there was none/didn't exist  An evil to avoid, tied to selfishness, not necessary for procreation  Women weren't supposed to like sex. They tolerated it  Freud believed women were sexual  Female Idealization (women were idealized, put on pedestal)  Ex: female form (corset, bustle)  Women's bodies transformed  Corset - women's organs pushed down, ribs deformed  Ideal waist in this era - 15 to 18 inches  Women were supposed to be virginal, inexperienced, unknowledgeable, dramatic body shapes  Hysteria - woman's syndrome  Over 50 symptoms: crying, stressed, emotional, fainting  Wrote off women's concerns with special diagnosis of symptoms  Treatments for this were developed: some drugs (heroin derivatives)  Gave these to children too (quieting syrup) - basically gave them drugs  Freud came up with cocaine as a treatment. He was criticized  Hysterical Paroxysm  Drs. Manipulated women's genitals which made women calmer  Orgasm became a medical treatment for hysteria (medicalized orgasm)  This was popular and some doctors specialized in this  Doctors were getting carpel tunnel  Vibrator - medical device to help doctors give hysterical paroxysm  1870 - first mechanical vibrator  1873 - electric vibrator  1879 - lightbulb invented  You discussed sex in doctor's office  Talking about sex was taboo  Working class - more open about sex  Was a law trying to control this  Victorian society developed porn, but it was considered taboo, wrong, and dirty  Pornography - intent to arouse (negative interpretation of sexuality)  1873 - Comstock Law: no pornographic materials could be sent through U.S. mail (federal law)  Birth control info/products considered pornography  Code developed in catalogs (French products)


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