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Question 1

REPRESENTING SEx- Symbolic shapes and traditional symbols in art that represent female sexuality include the downward triangle representing the pubic triangle, the mandorla representing virginity, and the shell representing the symbol of the vulva. Traditional symbols that represent the male sexuality include the maypole, obelisk, sword and other phallic shaped objects to represent virility and fertility. What other symbols represent human sexuality, reproduction, and fertility?

Question 2

REPRESENTATIONS OF WOMEN- How are women depicted in popular culture today? The expression “sex sells” can readily be validated by looking in virtually any magazine, those geared for either men or women. What are the different roles for women in popular media? Use a specific example to support your idea. if possible upload a low res image. Conversely, how are men represented in popular culture? Is it more positive then women? Why

Question 3

SAME SEX- This chapter only addresses couples of the opposite sex. Little mention is made of same sex couples depicted in artwork or artwork by homosexual artists, such as the works by Robert Mapplethorpe and Felix Gonzales-Torres. Why do you think this is? Should it be included? Why or why not?

Question 4

Fertility Goddess The Venus of Willendorf , the Idol from Amorgos , God Te Rongo and His Three Sons , and the Ashante Akua’ba Dolls are all fertility gods/goddesses/figures. What are their similarities? What are their differences?

Question 5

Art or Pornography? Some of the images in the text are rather graphic images of couples having intercourse. Moche Pottery Depicting Sexual Intercourse is a Moche ceramic vessel from c. 1000-1250 depicting a couple having intercourse that could have been for sex education. Kitagawa Utamaro illustrated a Pair of Lovers for the Pillow Book in Japan in 1788. Two examples from India include a relief sculpture from the Kandarya Mahadeva Temple of a group and sole individuals engaged in sexual activity from c. 1000 and a miniature painting Krishna and Radha in a Pavilion of a woman and man (Krishna the incarnation of Vishnu) involved in intercourse from 1760. All of these examples depict people having sex, but all are considered art. When are graphic images of sex considered art, when are they considered biological illustration and education, and when are they considered pornography? Can pornography be considered art? To what extent?

Question 6

Aware or unaware that you are being viewed. Discuss the differences between portrayels of women in this chapter where they are aware of being viewed verus being unaware. The women in Jean-Auguste Dominique Ingres’ Grande Odalisque and Edouard Manet’s Olympia are aware of the viewers voyeuristic gaze. Mary in Rogier Van Der Weyedens nurses the baby Jesus seemingly unaware of our presence as do the figures in the Iniatiation Rites of Dionysos. What is the viewer invited to do in each case? What is the attitude of the women to being viewed? Which images are the most sexual? The most sensual? The most disturbing? The most provocative? The most controversial? Why?

Question 7

Pick one image from the chapter that you think best exemplifies Reproduction and Sexuality. Explain your answer.

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Question 1
Representing sex- Symbolic shapes and traditional symbols in art that represent female sexuality
include the downward triangle representing the pubic triangle, the mandorla representing
virginity, and the shell representing the symbol of the vulva. Traditional symbols that represent
the male sexuality include the maypole, obelisk, sword and other phallic shaped objects to
represent virility and fertility. What other symbols represent human sexuality, reproduction, and
fertility?
Question 2
REPRESENTATIONS OF WOMEN- How are women depicted in popular culture today? The
expression “sex sells” can readily be validated by looking in virtually any magazine, those
geared for either men or women. What are the different roles for women in popular media? Use a
specific example to support your idea. if possible upload a low res image. Conversely, how are
men represented in popular culture? Is it more positive then women? WhyQuestion 3
SAME SEX- This chapter only addresses couples of the opposite sex. Little mention is made of
same sex couples depicted in artwork or artwork by homosexual artists, such as the works by
Robert Mapplethorpe and Felix Gonzales-Torres. Why do you think this is? Should it be
included? Why or why not?
Question 4
Fertility Goddess The Venus of Willendorf , the Idol from Amorgos , God Te Rongo and His
Three Sons , and the Ashante Akua’ba Dolls are all fertility gods/goddesses/figures. What are
their similarities? What are their differences?

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Question 5
Art or Pornography? Some of the images in the text are rather graphic images of couples
having intercourse. Moche Pottery Depicting Sexual Intercourse is a Moche ceramic vessel from
c. 1000-1250 depicting a couple having intercourse that could have been for sex education.
Kitagawa Utamaro illustrated a Pair of Lovers for the Pillow Book in Japan in 1788. Two
examples from India include a relief sculpture from the Kandarya Mahadeva Temple of a group
and sole individuals engaged in sexual activity from c. 1000 and a miniature painting Krishna
and Radha in a Pavilion of a woman and man (Krishna the incarnation of Vishnu) involved in
intercourse from 1760. All of these examples depict people ha...


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