ANTHRCUL 658 - Special Topics in Sociocultural Anthropology
Section: 003 Feminist Sex Wars: Pornography and Sexual Politics 1975-1986
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Anthropology, Cultural (ANTHRCUL)
Department: LSA Anthropology
Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate standing and permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

In the late 1970s, a series of acrimonious conflicts relating to sexual conduct and representation broke out among feminists. These included pornography, prostitution, transsexuality, casual sex, sadomasochism, adolescent and childhood sexuality, lesbian butch/femme relationships among lesbians, and gay male sexual cultures. The roles of sexual imagery and behaviors in the creation and maintenance of male supremacy, and their causal relationships to violence against women, were contested with unusual intensity. These debates peaked in the mid 1980s, but still smolder. While these topics have largely subsided within feminism, they have not disappeared. Moreover, ideas that were once found only in obscure feminist journals have become important fixtures in many areas of political rhetoric and social policy. They have become institutionalized in government agencies, non-profit foundations, and public opinion. Many contemporary conflicts over issues such as pornography, prostitution, and trafficking recycle tactics, rhetoric, and assumptions first pioneered among feminists over thirty years ago. This seminar will examine the literatures and sources for some of these topics in order to better understand the history of these conflicts and their lingering legacies in current debates, law, and policy.

Class Format:

Seminar

ANTHRCUL 658 - Special Topics in Sociocultural Anthropology
Schedule Listing
002 (SEM)
P
31649
Open
15
 
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Th 2:30PM - 5:30PM
003 (SEM)
P
31650
Open
15
 
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W 1:00PM - 4:00PM
004 (SEM)
P
31651
Open
25
5Graduate Standing
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Tu 1:00PM - 4:00PM
005 (SEM)
P
34215
Open
7
 
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Tu 4:00PM - 7:00PM
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