Gender Studies | Sexual Behavior in the Human Female - Genealogies and Legacies
G402 | ALL | Judith Allen
Sexual Behavior in the Human Female - Genealogies and Legacies
explores the “life and times” of Alfred C. Kinsey and Associates’
Sexual Behavior in the Human Female (1953), published 50 years ago.
Readings and discussions trace the state of sex research related to
women’s sexuality prior to Kinsey’s path ---breaking study, and
compare Kinsey’s findings and approach to those of contemporaries
concerned with women’s sexual experiences, as well as to related
research after Kinsey’s death in 1956. Student research projects
address both the 1953 female volume as a text (i.e. structure,
rhetoric, interpretation, etc.) and the scientific, cultural, social
history, and sexual politics context in which it was written and
published. Reviews and representations of the text form a
particular focus for discussion.