In this unit (to accompany SAPIENS podcast S6E7), students will explore sexuality through the lens of anthropology. Students will investigate the influences of cultural, social, and historical factors on human sexual behaviors and identities. Students will use an anthropological framework to examine the challenges of studying sexuality, including researching in diverse cultural settings.
Behaviors involving acts or parts of the body that are considered sexual.
Baxi, Pratiksha. “Sexual Violence and Its Discontents.” Annual Review of Anthropology 43 (2014):139-154.
Maksimowski, Sophie. “A Brief History of the Anthropology of Sexuality, and Theory in the Field of Women’s Sex Work.” The University of Western Ontario Journal of Anthropology 20, no. 1 (2012): 1-13.
Schneider, Luisa T. “Sexual Violence During Research: How the Unpredictability of Fieldwork and the Right to Risk Collide with Academic Bureaucracy and Expectations.” Critique of Anthropology 40, no. 2 (2020): 173-193.
Slides: The Anthropology of Sexuality
Chelsea Wheeler, Freedom Learning Group