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Essay Question

How does Rubins work on thinking sex help us to understand power?

Essential Readings
Rubin, G. (1984)  Thinking Sex: Notes for a radical theory of the politics of sexuality, in
Further Readings
H. Abelove, M. A. Barale & D. Halperin (eds.) (1993) The Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader. New York: Routledge. pp. 3-44.
Sedgwick E.K. (1990) The Epistemology of the Closet. Berkeley: University of California Press, read ‘Introduction: Axiomatic’.
Sara Ahmed (2010) ‘Killing Joy: Feminism and the History of Happiness’, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Vol. 35(3):571-594.

Bell, V. (2007) Culture and Performance: The challenge of ethics, politics and feminist theory. Bloomsbury.
Ferguson, R. (2004) Aberrations in Black: Toward a queer of color critique, University of Minnesota Press.
Foucault, M. (1984) ‘We “Other Victorians”‘, in The History of Sexuality, Vol. I, London Penguin.
Halberstam, J. (1998) Female Masculinity. Durham & London: Duke University Press
Rubin, G (1975) Thinking Sex: Notes for a radical theory of the politics of sexuality. H. Abelove,
M. A. Barale & D. Halperin (eds.) (1993) The Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader. New York: Routledge. pp. 3-44.
Warner, M. (ed.) (1993) Fear of a Queer Planet: Queer politics and social theory. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.


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