WMST-L File Collection:

Sexuality/Sexual Orientation

Last updated: Sept. 5, 2010

The following files from the WMST-L file collection focus on issues of sexuality/sexual orientation:

The Appeal of (Same-Sex) Marriage
(The appeal that marriage holds for same-sex and other couples in spite of its being a "flawed and patriarchal institution." The discussion took place on WMST-L in January/February 2009, with added messages from June/July 2010. Of related interest may be an earlier file, The Politics of Marriage.)

Barbara Jordan, E. Bradford Burns, and Me: Coming Out in Public Life
(An essay by WMST-L member Rosa Maria Pegueros that considers issues involved in coming out in political and academic life.)

Black Feminist Theory; Black Women and Sexualized Images (2 Subjects)
(Responses to a January 2008 WMST-L query asking for literature on two subjects: Black feminist theory and Black women and sexualized images.)

Brain Differences and Sex
(Discussion of research on brain differences between women and men. WMST-L, February 2002. 2 parts.)

Coming-of-Age Novels for Conservative Students
(WMST-L discussion in August 2000 about coming-of-age novels suitable for use with conservative freshmen. The discussion gave rise to consideration as well of whether one should teach gay/lesbian novels in such a course.)

Current Research on Sex Differences
(A discussion of sex differences research more recent than that by Maccoby and Jacklin. WMST-L discussion, January 2007.)

Documentaries on Transgender Issues
(Suggested documentaries for a college course section on transgender politics. WMST-L discussion, September 2008, and an additional message from 2010.)

Films and Texts for a Sexuality Course
(Two discussions about resources for a course on sexuality: one seeks appropriate films, the other asks about current texts. The discussions took place on WMST-L in July and October, 2004.)

Films Focusing on Sexuality
(Suggestions for films that focus on sexuality. WMST-L discussion, January 2007.)

Films for an Intro to Sexuality and Gender Studies Course
(Recommendations for films that would be effective in an Introduction to Sexuality and Gender Studies course. WMST-L discussion, June 2009)

The Fluidity of Sex, Sexuality, and Gender
(This lengthy WMST-L discussion began in July 2001 with a query about a term for women who dress up as transvestites. After some consideration of terms (several involving "drag"), the topic evolved into a discussion about social construction and the fluidity of sex, sexuality, and gender. Additional messages from 2001-2003 have been added at the end of the file. 5 parts.)

Heterosexual Desire in Fiction
(Suggestions for works of fiction depicting women's heterosexual desire. WMST-L discussion, December 2001.)

Integrating Lesbian/Bisexual Issues into Courses
(Suggestions offered on WMST-L in April 1995 for how to integrate lesbian and bisexual experience and concerns into Women's Studies courses.)

Issues Involving a 'Gender Autobiography' Assignment
(A discussion of the advisability of making a 'gender autobiography' assignment in the Intro to Women's Studies course, and also of the role of faculty members in whom students confide. WMST-L discussion, December 2005)

LGBT Fiction and Memoirs for a Course
(Suggestions for novels, short-story collections, and memoirs that could be used in an LGBT-themed junior/senior level course. WMST-L, April 2008.)

LGBT Textbook Suggestions
(Suggestions for an LGBT textbook for a course on LGBT culture or LGBT history. WMST-L discussion, September 2008)

Origins of the LGBT Rights Movement
(Discussion of the various "origins" of the LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender] rights movement. WMST-L discussion, June 2002.)

The Politics of Marriage
(Resources concerning the politics of marriage, with particular focus on same-sex marriage. WMST-L discussion, March 2004. See also the 2009 file The Appeal of (Same-Sex) Marriage)

Prostitution in Film
(A two-part WMST-L discussion from March 1995 in response to a query about films depicting prostitution/sexwork, for use in a seminar. See also the 2002 discussion Prostitution/Sexwork.)

Prostitution in the U. S.: Recent Work.
(A WMST-L discussion in January 2005 that deals with recent work about the experience of prostitutes and/or attitudes toward prostitution in the United States.)

Prostitution / Sexwork
(A four-part WMST-L discussion from April 2002 that arose in response to a query about influencing students' understanding of prostitutes/sexworkers.)

Radical Feminism: Readings for a Course
(This WMST-L discussion from February 2007 offers suggested readings for a course in radical feminism and also includes some discussion of radical feminist thought about transgender issues. See also Radical Feminism.)

Readings by Straight, White Feminists
(A student's request gave rise to suggested readings and discussion of the request's legitimacy. WMST-L, May 2002)

Readings in the Politics of Transgender
(Suggestions for readings in the politics of transgender suitable for an Intro to Women's Studies Course. WMST-L discussion, August 2009)

Resources for a Course on Sexual Violence
(Suggested resources for a proposed course on sexual violence. WMST-L discussion, January 2009)

Sex Between Faculty and Students?
(A discussion of the contentious issue of sexual relations between faculty and students. The discussion took place on WMST-L in April 1994; it has been divided into two parts because of its length.)

"Sex" versus "Gender"
(A 2-part file containing discussions of these often-confused terms from 1993 and 1997)

"Sex" versus "Gender" Revisited
(Further discussion of the terms "sex" and "gender," including their meaning(s) and some reasons that people often confuse these terms. WMST-L discussion, September/October 2006.)

Short Online Films on Transgender Issues
(Suggestions for short online films dealing with transgender issues and appropriate for use in an introductory Women's Studies course. WMST-L query, January 2009)

Teaching about "Coming Out"
(A September 2007 WMST-L query asked about issues such as "coming out" and "the closet," as well as about critiques of those tropes.)

University LGBT Programs
(John Younger's listing of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer studies programs has been available from WMST-L for several years. Here is the most recent web version.)

Use of the Term "Dyke"
(This WMST-L discussion on the meaning and use of the term "dyke" took place in February 2005.)

Videos on Intersection of Gender, Race, Class
(Suggestions for videos that show the intersection of gender identity with race, class, and national differences. WMST-L discussion, April 2002.)

Violence in GLBT Relationships
(Resources for information about intimate violence in gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender relationships. WMST-L discussion, October 2004.)

'Waves' of Feminism
(A lengthy WMST-L discussion from May/June 2002 that focused at the start on the book Jane Sexes It Up: True Confessions of Feminist Desire and evolved to consider as well the notion of "waves" of feminism, especially second and third-wave feminism. A few additional messages from 2002 and 2003 (including a brief third-wave bibliography) appear at the end. See also the earlier discussion Teaching '70s Feminism.

Women-Only Communities
(Suggestions for where to find information about women-only communities, including lesbian communities. WMST-L discussion, September 2004)

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