Professor Charlene Makley

Office: 312 Vollum
Phone: 771-1112, ext. 7461
Office Hours:
Tues.-Thurs. 4:10-5:30

What are the differences between sex, gender and sexuality? And why is this important in today's world? This course introduces students to an anthropological perspective on the relationships among sex, the biological attributes by which a person is deemed "male" or "female", gender, the norms, ideals and practices defining what it means to become "men," "women" or alternative persons, and sexuality, ideas and practices related to erotic desire and sexual reproduction. In order to understand the various debates and their stakes, we will read anthropological accounts of cultures in which sex, gender and sexuality are construed very differently from our own, and combine these with discussions of documentary and popular movies and video clips. The course will provide students with ways to understand how we come to consider and express ourselves as "men", "women", or someone other to those categories, the social and cultural processes that shape us to act and think as particular kinds of sexed, gendered, and sexualized persons, including the complexities and dilemmas posed by intersecting subjectivities (e.g, race, class, ethnicity, religion), and the potential consequences for not conforming to those norms.
Prerequisites: Anthropology 211. Conference.