Week 6: Sexuality and Intimate Relationships

This week's readings look at sexuality and intimate relationships. In particular, we focus on how sexuality is linked to gender and reinforces gender norms. As Anderson notes, we often think of sexuality as a personal choice and experience. The reality is that sexuality itself, much like gender, is structured by social and cultural norms. In other words, we are not born knowing what to desire or what is titillating; if we do feel desire, that feeling is likely to be non-directed. However, as we grow, we learn what is desirable and to direct desire toward a single to single sex through socialization.

Below are the assigned readings for the week:

T, 9/27
  • Andersen, Ch4: Sexuality and Intimate Relationships
R, 9/29


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