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 Instructions: In the first weeks of this class, we have discussed the concept of the history of sexuality. Write a short critical response paper (250-500 words) in which you explain the problems inherent in defining and identifying sexual identity (as it relates to the category “homosexual,”) OR sex/gender identity (“intersex”), particularly in light of the essentialism/social construction debate.

Whose position do you find the most compelling, and what are the political implications of these theories?

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 Your essay is an opportunity for you to reflect on one or more key concepts through a close critical reading of one text, or a comparison of two. You may wish to pursue a theoretical question in more detail in your critical response paper.

It is not necessary to comprehensively critique every perspective.

Possible Questions/Topics to Address:

The “birth of the homosexual” – when? What defines a homosexual?
Medical discourse and the pathologization of non-heterosexual (queer) sexual practices/identities
Medical discourse and the pathologization of non-normatively sexed bodies
Distinction between sexual practice and sexual identity – the cultural construction & meaning of sexuality, from ancient Greece to the present day
Capitalism and its impact on sexuality
Third sex, inverts, and sexual aberrations – compare Krafft-Ebing’s case studies to Somerville’s discussion of the scientific racism. Do you see evidence of her argument in these examples?
Sexuality and social construction – are “homosexuals” born or made?

Number of Pages: 1 Page

Academic Level: Undergraduate

Paper Format: MLA
 

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