(Lecture Notes) Controversial Topics

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6/30 Controversial Topics

6/30 – Controversial Topics: Kids, Old People, People With Disabilities, Sex Ed.

Kids and Sex

Old People and Sex

People With Disabilities

Sex Education


  • “Child sexuality and sexual behavior.” IngBeth Larsson. Translated by Kate Lambert and Stuart Tudball. Socialstyrelsen, 2000. (PDF)
  • Too Sexy for Her Rocker.” Michael Castleman. Salon.

(Lecture Notes) The Sex Industry

The big news is that the Rhode Island Senate did indeed re-criminalize prostitution last night.

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Get more info about Megan on her website.

Read Nix’s blog.

Learn more about Happy Endings? – the doc we saw a clip from – by reading the blog of Tara Hurley, the director of the film.

Here are some links to various articles and blog we talked about in class:

(Lecture Notes) Sexual Dysfunction and Treatment; Consent and Assault; Laws, Morals and Sexual Behavior


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    6/23 and 6/25 Sexual Dysfunction etc and the Sex Industry

    **Note the change from the original syllabus: June 18 and June 23 classes are swapped. On June 23 we will spend some time reviewing for and preparing for the final exam**

    6/23 – Sexual Dysfunction and Treatment; Consent and Assault; Laws, Morals and Sexual Behavior

    Sexual Dysfunction and Treatment

    • “The marketing of a disease: female sexual dysfunction.” Ray Moynihan. BMJ 2005;330;192-194. (PDF)
    • “ABC of Sexual Health: Assessing and managing male sexual problems.” Alan Gregoire. BMJ 1999;318;315-317. (PDF)

    Consent and Assault

    Laws, Morals, and Sexual Behavior


    6/25 – The Sex Industry. With guest speakers.



    Personal Perspectives – optional


    (Lecture Notes) Kink and Beyond

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    • “Kinky: Black Sexuality and Kink.” Directed by A. Benjamin. 2008.
    • Grappleden. Naked City TV, produced by Audacia Ray. 2008.
    • Objectum Sexuality

      (Lecture Notes) Relationships and Love (plus Trans stuff)

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      Learn more about guest speaker Amy Andre here and her film Seven Questions About Desire here.

      Download notes on trans identities.

      Learn more about the film Trans Entities – yes, it’s an adult film, don’t say I didn’t warn you

      The short about Buck Angel

      The trailer for Cruel and Unusual (click link for the film’s website)

      6/16 and 6/18 Relationships and Love; Kink and Beyond

      **Note the change from the original syllabus: June 18 and June 23 classes have been swapped**

      Also: on the 16th we’ll start out the class by talking a little more about the transgender and transsexual issues that we didn’t get to talk about on Thursday the 11th.

      6/16 – Relationships and Love. With guest speaker Amy Andre



      6/18 –  Kink and Beyond: Atypical Sexual Behavior


      • “Issues for DSM-V: Sexual Dysfunction, Disorder, or Variation Along Normal Distribution: Toward Rethinking DSM Criteria of Sexual Dysfunctions,” Editorial in American Journal of Psychiatry (PDF)
      • Slap Happy.” Jessica Wakeman. Bitch, Issue 39. (PDF)


      (Lecture Notes) Gender, Orientation, and Identity

      Guest speaker, Sinclair Sexsmith – and also check out Queereyecandy


      Marlon Rigg’s film “Tongues Untied” isn’t available online, but you can learn a bit more about it on Wikipedia. The other film of his that I mentioned but couldn’t remember the name of is “Ethnic Notions” – it’s a really intense film about race and representation in American culture.


      (Lecture Notes) The Good: Sexual Arousal, Pleasure, & Response

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      Watch the May Irwin Kiss here.