Gender Studies | Regulating Gender
G399 | 2606 | Jones, Geordie


Regulating Gender examines the regulation of sexuality since the
nineteenth century, focusing in particular on two issues-
homosexuality and prostitution. By looking at how various cultures
have attempted to regulate and police these spheres of sexuality,
students will be introduced to important ideas about sexuality as a
political issue. How, Why, where and when did sexuality move into
the public sphere? Why has sexuality been such a highly contested
legal and political issue since the nineteenth century and why does
it continue to be so problematic in contemporary America? By looking
into these types of questions, this course examines how ideas about
and anxieties surrounding sexuality, gender and power both construct
and are constructed by institutions, policies, legislation and
culture.