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Mapping Queer Theory/ Feminist Theory

An introductory lecture/ discussion for Elon's WGS300 course.

Lynn Huber

on 22 April 2010

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Transcript of Mapping Queer Theory/ Feminist Theory

Queer Theory Feminist Theory "Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence" (1980) Adrienne Rich The Critical Study of Gender and Sexuality The Critical Study of Sexuality and Gender Gayle Rubin
"The Traffic in Women" (1975) "Thinking Sex" (1984) LGBTQ Activism Lesbian Feminists/ Separatists Diane DiMassa, "Hothead Paisan (Homicidal Lesbian Terrorist" (1991-2000) Stonewall Riot (June 1969) The formation of gay male and lesbian groups, such as the Daughters of Bilitis (1955) ActUp! AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (1983) HIV/ AIDS Crisis Gay Liberation Front (1970) Gay (and Lesbian) History Michel Foucault The History of Sexuality (1977-1984) Gender Trouble (1990)
Bodies that Matter (1993) What is "queer"? What is "queer theory"? Biology/ Zoology Cultural Studies Teresa de Laureits coins the phrase in 1990 . . . as a provocation. Judith Butler Psychology/ Psychoanalytic Theory Simone de Beauvoir Some of the Questions of Queer Theory What is the relationship between sex, gender and sexuality?
How do cultures proscribe gender and sexual identities?
What is the relationship between homosexuality and heterosexuality?
What is the relationship between queer identity and queer thinking/ theory?

Other questions . . .
The Practice/ Performance of Queer Sexualities/ Genders BDSM Promiscuity Butch/ Femme Polyamory Bisexuality Transexuality Transvestism Anal sex Oral sex MSWM Cross-generational Fetishism Genderqueer Prostitution Burlesque Monique Wittig "One is Not Born a Woman" (1981)
"Lesbians are not women." As "woman" is defined only in opposition to "man," lesbians are proof that the category "woman" is not necessary or natural. Anti-pornography activists, including Dworkin and MacKinnon Drag Tensions between feminists and queer theorists . . . often have to do with the range of lesbian existence and sexualities.
Between Men (1985)
The Epistemology of the Closet (1990) Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
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