Chapter 1: Introduction

“Michel Foucault on ‘Pleasure Vs. Desire’”

“LGBTQrstuv: Bisexuality & Transgender – John Corvino”

“The Wonderfully Terrible and Awfully Wacky World of the Jumbles: An experiment in staging queer theory/ies”

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Stein, E.  (1999).  The mismeasure of desire:  The science, theory and ethics of sexual orientation.  New York, NY:  Oxford University Press.

Social Scientific vs. Critical/Cultural Approaches

Read the following articles from Journal of Homosexuality:

Fisher, D., Hill, D., Grube, J., & Gruber, E.  (2007).  Gay, lesbian, and bisexual content on television:  A Quantitative analysis across two seasons.  Journal of Homosexuality, 52, 167–188.

Hilton-Morrow, W., & Battles, K.  (2011).  Between a rock and a slippery slope:  Negotiating the intersections of religion and sexuality on network television’s The Book of Daniel, 58, 355–381.

Which approach (social scientific or critical/cultural) does each article take?  What type of questions do they ask?  What methods do they use to answer their questions?  What are their conclusions?  What assumptions about the relationship between media and identity can be found in each?

Fifty Shades of Grey and the charmed circle

Originating as fan fiction related to Twilight, best-selling e-book Fifty Shades of Grey tells the story of a BDSM relationship between young college graduate and BDSM novice, Anastasia Steele, and rich, powerful businessman, Christian Grey. The 2015 release of a movie version sparked a great deal of commentary criticism centering on the nature of the relationship between the two protagonists, including calls in various countries to ban the film. 

Read some of the linked sources below and consider how the concept of the charmed circle can help us make sense of deviant forms of heterosexuality.