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Women's Voices and Feminist Visions: Chapter 6 Sex, Power, and Intimacy
Chapter 6 Vocabulary
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Guidelines for how we are suppose to feel and act as sexual persons. These guidelines are shaped by communities and societies in which we participate and therefore and socially constructed.
Ideas and beliefs about sexual aspects of the self that are established from past and present experiences and which act to guide sexual feelings and behavior.
A person's attraction to, or preference for, people of a certain gender. It is an individual's romantic and/or sexual (erotic) identity and behavior toward other people.
Is a sexual identity where romantic and/or sexual attachments are between people of the "opposite sex".
Is a sexual identity where romantic and/or sexual attachments are between people of the "same sex".
Is a sexual identity where romantic and/or sexual attachments are between women.
Synonymous with lesbian, although it connotes a more masculine lesbian.
Implies a sexual identification with both men and women.
The attraction to multiple genders and sexual identities, it is use intentionally to disrupt the binary implied by other sexualities.
The desire to be intentionally involved with more than one person at once.
Out of the ordinary or unusual, historically an insult when used in the context of sexualities.
Involves a person who does not experience desire and attraction to others.
Refers to someone adopting a gay, lesbian, bisexual, or queer identity. Involves two aspects:
1) Recognizing and identifying this to oneself.
2) Declaring oneself in a "public" way.
In The Closet
Not being out at all (opposite of coming out). Can imply a person understands him/herself to be lesbian or gay but is not out to others. It can also imply a person is in denial about his/her sexuality and is not comfortable claiming a nonheterosexual identity.
Assumption that heterosexuality is the norm or normative behavior in any given setting that regulates at the level of social policy.
Colonialism tends to...
Reorganize sexual relationships among indigenous communities and devalue those who are not organized around heteropatriarchy.
The economic, social, and cultural aspects of globalization also shape sexual identities by...
Constraining people's sexual expressions and practices and normalizing particular sexual identities, delegitimizing and some destroying local culture, and making sex into a commodity that can be bought and sold.
Double Bind of Female Sexual Scripts
To want sex is to risk being labeled promiscuous and to not want sex means potentially being labeled frigid and a prude.
Politics of Sexuality
Implies issues associated with the distribution of power in sexual relationships.
The dominance associated with a gender binary system that presumes heterosexuality as a social norm.
The mingling of two idiosyncratic individuals implies...
That both people bring the baggage of their gendered lives into the relationship.
It is not heterosexuality that if faulted for unequal power relations, but..
The context in which heterosexual coupling takes place.
Nonheterosexual couples often encounter obstacles when adopting children and gaining custody of and raising their biological children because...
These their sexual identities are often constructed by society as an immoral and abnormal "choice" that would have negative consequences for children.
On the macro level of sexual politics...
Issues are often represented in the forms of public debates about sexulaity that are also experienced on the individual level.
Old-fashion word that means a period where two people are attracted to each other, develop militancy, enjoy each other's company, and identify as a couple.
When a couple comes together, sharing the excitement of an erotic relationship, and feeling united with the other in such a way that the object of their love is unique and irreplaceable.
Cultural phenomenon and not necessarily a basis for marriage.
Sharing aspects of the self with others with the goal of mutual understanding.
Women often are more emotionally intimate than men, which can use problems in relationships. Does not align well with traditional masculine sexual scripts
A key aspect of intimacy, and thus sexuality.
What are the variances in feminine and masculine speech patterns?
1) Feminine speech is more polite, less profane, and mire standard in form. More hedgers are used.
2) Feminine speech tends to use different intonations with a higher pitch that is recognized as less credible and assertive than a lower pitch.
3) Masculine speech involves more direct interruptions of other speakers.
4) Feminine speech involves more confirmation and reinforcement.
5) Feminine and masculine speech fulfill different functions. Fem. speech is sued to maintain relationships, avoid conflict, etc. Masc. speech is sued to assert power, give information, etc.
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