Gender Studies | Institutions, Policy, and Gender Relations
G399 | ALL | George Jones
Regulating Gender investigates state institutions and policies
regulating sexuality and gendered relations. It compares formal and
informal (often private) institutions and debates applications of
feminist theories to large organizations such as "the state," "the
corporation," "the patriarchy," or "the law." Relevant institutions
may include those related to education, law, religion, work,
leisure, health, domestic life, prostitution, pornography, and
homosexuality, subjected to policy-making, debate, and legal
sanction. The course may examine the definitions of "deviant"
and "acceptable" sexual behavior within the context of state policy,
exploring the themes of power and powerlessness as they relate to
gendered or sexual behavior within various political regimes.