Any topic (writer’s choice)

2 Prompts (OPs select one)

1) How can analyzing “moral” concerns about sex and sexuality reveal the operations of various power structures such as cisheteropatriarchy? How do ideas about what is good/natural about sexuality and gender relate specifically to the family? How do ideas about the “ideal” or “normal” family relate to race, sexuality, patriarchy, ability, class, etc.? How can analyzing the “history of sexuality” help us to understand those ideas as socially constructed? How can queer theory and sex liberation help us to unpack what we have taken for granted as “normal” or “natural”?

2) How has your understanding of sex, gender, and sexuality changed in the last two weeks? Did Serano’s “intrinsic inclinations” model of gender and sexuality — which accounts for both the external environmental factors and one’s internal feelings — correspond with, or differ from, the beliefs you previously held about gender and sexuality? Can you explain, in your own words, the distinctions between gender identity, gender expression/performance, and sexual orientation? Do you think we’ve left anything important out of our discussions of LGBTQ issues that still needs to be included?

In 400-500 words (include word count) you will thoroughly answer one of the discussion prompts provided for the week. In order to gain full points for your post, you need to:

Cite specific examples or quotes from at least 3 different readings from the week; include appropriate in-text citations (author last name and page number/timestamp)
Cite specific examples or quotes from at least 1 lecture from the week; include appropriate in-text citations (last name and timestamp)
In your own words, define one of the key terms I list on the discussion board for the week. Please UNDERLINE it so your peer reviewers can evaluate your definition.

Suggested keywords to define **please UNDERLINE in your post
cisheteropatriarchy; ideology; material analysis; gender expression; gender identity; gender/sexuality spectrum; sex liberation / sex positivity; sex negativity; sexuality/gender policing; queer fatalism; heteronormativity; “queer”; the erotic

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