Gender and Queer Theory

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The purpose of these readings is to give you an understanding of what Gender and Queer Theories (GQT) are and how they can be used as lenses for viewing literature in new ways. You will apply your knowledge of these theories to assignments later in the unit.


  1. Read the following two overviews on Gender and Queer theory:
    • "Gender Studies and Queer Theory (1970s-present)" and
    • Allen, Emily and Dino Felluga. "General Introduction to Theories of Gender & Sex." Introductory Guide to Critical Theory, Critical Theory Today p.103-111.
    • As you read:
      • Consider the place in our society for women and those in the LGBT community. Do so especially in relation to notions of status and value, ideas about who has the most power and freedom of choice, and stereotypes we have about how different genders and individuals of varying sexual/gender orientation behave and see their position in the world.
      • Ask yourself whether the power structures created by the distinctions we make of gender and sexuality can be challenged. Look closely, for example, at the discussion about notions of "male" and "female" being in flux in the Purdue OWL article above. And in Allen and Felluga's article, take particular note of the changed ideas about gender roles throughout time, as well as notions of gender and sexuality that don't seem to have seen much - if any - change.
  2. Brainstorm about your thoughts on each of the two articles for five minutes each, using the above points as a guide while you read.
    • Note that you will not be graded on the correctness of grammar, spelling, or mechanics. As a brainstorm, this is to be entirely free-form so that you can focus on exploring your thoughts and not be limited by a need to transcribe them into formal writing.
  3. Post your brainstorm

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School: Carnegie Mellon University


Running head: QUEER THEORY


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Sex Isn't as Simple as Restroom Signs Suggest
Sex and sex are constantly odd. What's more, they're never straightforward. So here's
what is comprehend from eccentric hypothesis: whatever I contemplate sexual orientation parts,
being gay or straight, et cetera, can be destabilized. Nothing is the thing that it appears. We can
have some good times discussing sex. However, those women's activists' focal contention was
that we contemplate what the young men do. So these women's activists were all similar to, Why
not give the young ladies a possibility in the spotlight for once, eh?
What's more, that is an exceptionally good-natured question. In any case, strange scholars
were not cheerful about the majority of the male-female straight out reasoning that undergirded
1970s women's liberation. Like for what reason must men and ladies have "fundamental
qualities"? How about we do not go blaming a few women's activists for the more significant
part of the strict male-female reasoning, however. These essentializing ideas were very Sigmund
Freud's blame. He said that since men have a penis, they have natural social and societal power
what he called the phallus.
Ladies need the phallus; however, they have no penis. So accepting the penis (amid sex,)
offers to them some of that mystical penis control. At that point that well known Frenchman,
Michel Foucault, goes along in the 1970s. Furthermore, he shakes things up a bit.
He said that those individuals who have the most influence for the most part white, welloff men are the ones who get the opportunity to disclose to us what is typical and anomalous
with regards to sexual orientation and sex. Thus, apparently, male bodies manufacture spans,
while female bodies heat pies and medical caretaker babies. Strange scholars trust that the human


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