Annual Student Gender Art Exhibition.
Part of Women’s History Month
Closing reception at the Powerhouse on March 22nd, time: TBA.
1 (Tuesday) - 25 (Friday)
Powerhouse Community Arts Center
413 South 14th Street, Oxford, MS 38655
Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies, the Department of Art, and the Powerhouse Community Arts Center
Presented by Laura Doan About the Lecture: Historians of sexuality have given good accounts of Dr Marie Stopes as a promoter of women’s equal rights in the realm of sexual pleasure. [...]
Presented by Laura Doan
About the Lecture:
Historians of sexuality have given good accounts of Dr Marie Stopes as a promoter of women’s equal rights in the realm of sexual pleasure. Yet her bestselling advice manuals on the mechanics of “normal” lovemaking were mobilized not only by her feminist political agenda but also by scientific curiosity. A trained botanist, Stopes drew on her rigorous scientific training to reassure women readers of the naturalness of female sexual desire and exhort men to pay careful attention to the subtle cyclical variations of female arousal. In this paper I explore how Stopes scrutinized her own bodily sensations and emotional disposition, and used time series analysis to demonstrate her theory of the Law of Periodicity of recurrence of desire.
Influenced more by the biometrician Karl Pearson than the sexologist Havelock Ellis, Stopes was central in pioneering a new discursive formation we now understand as “normality.”
About Laura Doan:
Laura Doan is Professor of Cultural History and Sexuality studies at the University of Manchester, England. Her research interests include the history and historiography of sex and sexuality, gender studies and queer theory, First World War studies, and memory studies.
She is the author of Disturbing Practices: History, Sexuality and Women’s Experience of Modern War (Chicago, 2013) and Fashioning Sapphism: The Origins of a Modern English Lesbian Culture (Columbia, 2001).
(Monday) 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
209 Bryant Hall
1944 University Circle, University, MS 38677
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