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Choose any two of the essays/articles/chapters below. Critically discuss the authors’ contributions to the study of sex, gender and/or sexuality. Compare and contrast their approaches to issues of sex, gender and sexuality. Finally, pick a specific issue which reflects the current debates on sex, gender and/or sexuality. Explain if and how the authors’ ideas are still relevant for us to understand sex, gender and sexuality today.
(Some examples of current issues: medicine and
intersexuality; marriage equality debate; women in technology/sports/science/literature, etc.)
1) Anne Fausto-Sterling, “Dueling Dualisms,” in Sexing the Body: Gender Politics and the Construction of Sexuality, Basic Books. (2000) pp. 1-29
2) Emily Martin, “The Egg and the Sperm: How Science has Constructed a Romance based on Stereotypical Male-Female Roles,” in Beyond the Body Proper: Reading the Anthropology of Material Life (2007): 417-427.
3) Anne Fausto-Sterling, “Of Gender and Genitals: The Use and Abuse of the Modern Intersexual.” In Sexing the Body by A. Fausto-Sterling (Basic Books, 2000): pp. 45-77.
4) Blackwood, Evelyn “Native American Genders and Sexualities” in Two-Spirit People: Native American Gender Identity, Sexuality, and Spirituality pp 284-306
5) Antonia Young. Women Who Become Men: Albanian Sworn Virgins. Chapter 4: Who are the Sworn Virgins?
6) Paul Farmer. 2004 “On Suffering and Structural Violence” in Violence in War and Peace: An Anthology, eds. Nancy Scheper-Hughes and Philippe Bourgois. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing.
7) Scheper-Hughes, Nancy. Death without Weeping: The Violence of Everyday Life in Brazil. University of California Press, 1992. Chapter 8: Pages 340-399
8) Matthew Atencio, Becky Beal & Charlene Wilson (2009) “The distinction of risk: urban skateboarding, street habitus and the construction of hierarchical gender relations.” Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise, Vol. 1, No. 1, Pages 3–20.
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