Author Archives: mstanhop

Female Agency in Constructions of Sexuality

Today we had an interesting discussion on the agency of ? in ? ?. Whereas ? bond over the challenge of remaining ?, ? are expected to be naturally chaste. ? are obliged to regulate ? ? to protect this chastity. I hadn’t considered that heterosexual ? represent one ? giving a ? to another ?. Now I feel like I should re-examine how other everyday occurrences normalize ? ? & regulate ? ?. School/business ???, social & ? restrictions to obtaining ? contraceptives, slut-shaming as a scare tactic… Are there ways Bowdoin as a community regulates ? ?? What sort of agency do ? have in these situations? Is the only solution to reject outright ? ,???, etc.?

? = woman/women/female

? = man/men/male

? = sexuality/sexual relationships

? = abstinent

? = wedding ceremonies

??? = dress codes

? = financial

Disabled Masculinities

In class, we ? how ♿ is constructed in opposition to ?. We ❓ whether this was equally applicable to ♿ ? & ?, and whether the acquisition of a ♿ contributes to a ? ‼, or more generally an identity ‼. The gendering of ? as passive and the gendered division of ? may mean a ? hasn’t “failed” as a ? if she acquires a ♿. This reminds me of our previous ? about how ? may use passivity & submissiveness to assert hegemonic ?. How can we understand the effects of acquiring a ♿ on how one identifies as a ?? Does ♿ alter the way people understand ? embodied by female ??  Would it act as the compensatory ?that makes female ? non-threatening? Or, could ♿ be constructed as an identity outside of gender?

Key:

?= discussed/discussion

♿= disabled/disability

? = masculinity

❓= questioned

?/?= man/woman

‼= crisis

?= labor

?= femininity

?= bodies