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December 12, 2022


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This course seeks to examine how people experience gender - what it means to be a man or a woman - and sexuality in a variety of historical and cultural contexts

We will explore how gender and sexuality relate to other categories of social identity and difference, such as race and ethnicity, economic and social standing, urban or rural life, etc. One goal of the class is to learn how to critically assess media and other popular representations of gender roles and stereotypes. Another is to gain a greater sense of the diversity of human social practices and beliefs in the United States and around the world.

Course Curriculum

  • Introduction to the Study of Gender and Sexuality Unlimited
    • Is Sex to Gender as Nature is to Culture? Unlimited
    • Cultural Acquisition of Gender as Learned Behavior Unlimited
    • Arranged Marriage and Inheritance in Agricultural and Pastoral Societies Unlimited
    • Science, Republicanism and The Woman Question Unlimited
    • Social Reproduction: Reproducing Formal and Informal Class Relations Unlimited
    • Gender, Work and Professionalization Unlimited
    • Gender and Agency Unlimited
    • Appetite, Image, Control Unlimited
    • The Invention of Sexuality-based Identities Unlimited
    • Coming Out and Leaving the Closet Behind Unlimited
    • Other Genders/Sexualities Unlimited
    • Transvestite Lives and Sex Work Unlimited
    • Transgender and Transexualism in the U.S. Unlimited
    • Intersexuality Unlimited
    • Do Western Sexual Identities Travel? Unlimited
    • Sexism, Racism and Violence Unlimited
    • De-essentializing Sex/Gender/Kinship Unlimited
    • Fetal Images and Abortion Debates Unlimited
    • Nationalism, Reproductive Politics and Gender Unlimited
    • Making Modern Mothers Unlimited

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology