Welcome, Scholars, to the course blog for Women’s and Gender Studies 160: Sex and Society. The course is designed to examine the social, cultural, and historical contexts of key concepts in the study of sex, including sexual diversity, discrimination, sexual violence, and the centrality of sexuality to identity. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, we’ll also explore how systems of oppression such as heterosexism, racism, classism, ableism, and nationalism/Westernism mutually construct one another. Some of the questions we’ll raise include: What counts as sex? What types of sex are considered socially acceptable, and who gets to engage in them? How do these considerations change across cultures, histories, and geographies? What are the differences among consent, coercion, and assault? What do we mean when we talk about “rape culture”? And with an eye on current national legislation regarding campus sexual violence, what will take to make campuses safe for students today?