This course examines the role of visual culture in producing varied and often-contested concepts of sexuality in American society. We examine how mainstream culture universalizes certain experiences of gender and sexuality as normative or deviant, and how the politics of race, ethnicity, class, ability and age have historically structured these categorical identifications. Further, we analyze how marginalized groups have used visual representation to contest and subvert these hegemonic ideals. Instead of a survey, the course examines selected case studies from the media, medical, legal, and artistic fields to explore how differences in sexuality and embodiment are produced and/or contested through visibility and visuality.

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