The Important Porn

In this class, we have discussed at length the ways in which sex is often viewed as a commodity. It is advertised and sold in a variety of ways across the globe, and its meanings are different as interpreted by different groups of people.  One way that we can analyze the forms that sex is sold in is by looking more closely at the industries that operate around sexualizing human beings.  One of the main industries that does this is the porn industry.  Chris Pappas writes an article, “Sex Sells, But What Else Does It Do?: The American Porn Industry” that informs us of the ways in which porn is representative of a whole host of characteristics and interpretations of sex.

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What’s Sex Got to do With… Katniss Everdeen?

With the release of the new Hunger Games movie, much has been written about the multiple identities that Katniss Everdeen represents.  Some view her as a bad-ass woman warrior who embodies the abilities that all women desire, while some view Katniss as being overtly masculine and not nearly ‘woman’ enough.  This New York Times article sort of ties this all together, addressing the multiple ways that Katniss Everdeen has captured all of our attention.

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Sex as a Part of Global Economies and Transnational Relations

Our book defines globalization as “the idea that the world seems as if it is getting smaller.” With globalization, we see a convergence of ideas, products, services, and programs transnationally.  Growing modes of technology and transportation contribute to these exchanges and the growth of international economical markets.  The book also defines transnational as “extending beyond the boundaries beyond the nation.”  We have seen the ways in which ideologies have crossed boundaries and been exchanged transnationally, and ideologies regarding sexual identities and gender expression are no exception.  With growing globalization and transnational exchanges, we see an emergence of Western imperialism in the ways that the global north (i.e. westernized powerful countries) imposes standards and ideals upon the global south (i.e. third world developing countries).  Whether physical bodies are moving from place to place and contributing to the movement of ideas about sexual performances or behaviors, or standards of beauty and media portrayals are being transferred from country to country, we see sexuality begin exchanged on the economic of a constantly changing world.  Peter Chua’s piece “Condoms in the Global Economy” gives us a clearer picture of the ways in which sex is exchanged as a commodity and ideals, values, and goods that revolve around ideas about sex are exchanged on a very large scale.  Continue reading

Interracial Romance in America

Interracial relationships seem to be scripts that are becoming more and more prominent in popular media portrayals of relationships. In reality, interracial relationships in America today still are not all that prominent.  We have seen progress in the social acceptance of these relationships through the past few decades, but have not fully moved into a place where they are considered normal and on the same evaluation field as same race relationships.  Kumiko Nemoto’s piece “Interracial Romance: The Logic of Acceptance and Domination” seeks to address the inter workings of interracial relationships in the U.S. today and why there is a large disconnect in what is actually going on versus what we perceive to be going on.

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What’s Sex Got to do With… Final Reflection Post

In reflecting over the past semester, I think that our discourses surrounding different sexualities and sexual identities have been very important and informative.  Something that I have really taken away from our class discussion is the variety of sexual identities out there that deserve recognition, and the ways in which those identities can be divorced from behaviors, in order for us to take a more critical look at peoples’ embodied experiences with their sexualities and gender performances.

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What’s Sex Got to Do With… Christianity?

In the summers, I work at this awesome Christian sports camp that I have much love for.  However, something that really bothered me the first summer I worked there was a particular speaker we had come speak to our staff.  On Facebook the other day, a staff member that I worked with posted this link to an article about this speaker, a formerly lesbian woman who claims that God “simply changed her desires” for homosexual relations with women.  I think that there are many important intersections between religion and sexual identity expressions, but this woman’s interpretation of the moral discourse regarding homosexuality was not only something that I think is misunderstood among the Christian community, and can be better understood as applied to McQueeney’s piece “Multiple Identities: Race, Class, and Gender in Lesbian and Gay Affirming Protestant Congregations.”

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