25, Nov 2020
Female Sexuality, Relations between women and between women and men.

 

Female Sexuality, Relations between women and between women and men. Using the following articles and course materials, please discuss how and why female sexuality has been used to define “normality” or acceptable behavior among women and between men and women. How did some women challenge these understandings and assumptions? What does this tell us about women’s sexuality from the Victorian period (late-1800s) through the postwar period (1960s)?

Carroll Smith-Rosenberg, “The Female World of Love and Ritual: Relations between Women in Nineteenth-Century America” and

Donna Penn, “The Sexualized Women: The Lesbian, the Prostitute, and the Containment of Female Sexuality in Postwar America”