Sociology | Constructing Sexuality
S422 | 3906 | Weinberg
S422 Constructing Sexuality (3 CR)
3906 1:00-3:35 R BH335
MAY NOT BE TAKEN FOR GRADUATE CREDIT
This course looks at how the interpretations given to various
forms and facets of sexuality is related to the evaluator's
historical, cultural, and social location. We examine the role
of power and politics in shaping of interpretations of
sexualities and the misconceptions and social psychological
processes that underlie certain traditional interpretations.
This analysis, for example, casts into relief the "slight of
hand" used in transforming notions about statistical normality
into imputations about psychiatric abnormality (e.g., most
people are heterosexual, so bisexual and gay/lesbian people are
psychologically abnormal). A "sex radical pluralist" model of
interpretation (one that has been delineated by social
constructionsists) is proposed as an alternative to the
conservative traditional one. The specific sexualities to be
discussed include nudism, forms of sex work, intergenerational
sex, homosexuality, bisexuality, sexual contact with animals,
transgender variations, fetishism, sadomasochism, fisting,
urine play, and the eating of feces. Note: Sexual language
and sexually explicit videos on a wide range of sexual
behaviors are part of the course. Please do not sign up for
this class if these aspects of the course will offend you.
READINGS: (1) Course packet; (2) Martin Weinberg, Colin
Williams, and Douglas Pryor, Dual Attraction: Understanding
Bisexuality, New York: Oxford, 1994.
GRADING: Three essay examinations each counting one-third
toward the course grade.