WOMENSTD 366 - Sex and Sexuality in U.S. Popular Culture
Section: 001
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Women's Studies (WOMENSTD)
Department: LSA Women's Studies
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
Waitlist Notes:
Students on the wait list will be granted overrides when/if space becomes available. Instructor is unable to authorize overrides via e-mail. Wait-listed students should plan to attend the first day of class.
With permission of instructor.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

We will explore how changing ideas about sex, sexuality, and gender appeared in certain types of twentieth-century popular culture. As a group, we will learn to interpret media, such as movies or television, as historical texts that provide insight into past notions about sex in the United States. To this end, we will start with the assumption that media functions as mechanisms of socialization and as a venue for expressing popular concerns or beliefs about gender roles, same-sex desire, race and so forth. We will uncover how the media represented historical issues such as courtship among heterosexuals, pornography, gay liberation, and birth control through a weekly film lab. At the same time, we will seek to uncover the voices of groups that the mainstream media have often omitted (or actively sought to silence) in discussions about sex. To that end, much of our course reading will draw from academics engaged in an assortment of overlapping fields. Students will be introduced to scholarship in race and ethnic studies, queer studies, feminist studies and so forth.

Students should be aware that certain course materials contain sexually explicit language and/or images. Some images include nudity and/or sexually graphic content.

Course Requirements:

Short response papers, class participation, viewing films, mid-term paper and a final project. No exams.

Intended Audience:

This class is geared toward upper level undergraduate students who are interested in gender studies, women's history, GLBTQ studies, mass media, history, and American Culture.

Class Format:

Weekly Seminar with a film lab.

WOMENSTD 366 - Sex and Sexuality in U.S. Popular Culture
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
002 (LAB)
W 4:00PM - 6:00PM
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Coursepack Location:
ISBN: 0465026214
Gay New York : gender, urban culture, and the making of the gay male world, 1890-1940, Author: George Chauncey., Publisher: Basic Books 3. [print. 1995
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0804173400
The secret history of Wonder woman, Author: Lepore, Jill, 1966-, Publisher: Vintage 2015
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 006228259X
You Are Not a Slut., Publisher: Perennial 2015
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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