What’s Sex Got to Do With Intersectional Identities? Final Reflection

Throughout this semester, we have looked at several concepts that shape and help us to understand what is going on in our world regarding sex and how we view it. However, I believe the most important concept that we have studied to be intersectionality.

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The Foucault Finale

For me, the most important concept addressed in this class was something we encountered early on, and I found to actually be applicable to most of the issues we talked about. This concept was Foucault’s philosophy that the groups in power – that is, the group which holds dominant social power – dictates the language used within society.

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Downlow Culture: A Necessary Evil?

What exactly is the “down low culture”?

According to an article published at the University of Southern California, down low culture is defined as a culture in which “Men who identify as “straight” but discreetly have sex with other men while
maintaining a sexual/emotional relationship with women. These men do not consider themselves to be gay, bisexual nor do they identify with such sexual labels. Female partners are unaware their men are having sex with other men,thus the term “downlow.”” Continue reading