Spring 2017

History of Sexuality in the U.S.


Jen Manion (Section 01)


(Offered as HIST 162 [US] and SWAG 162.) Sexuality is a product of history and culture. This course will survey sex throughout U.S. history in relation to the various discourses of power and difference that have given it meaning such as class, ethnicity, gender, race, and religion. Topics covered include settler colonialism, sex work and the revolutionary city, sex and the family under slavery, masculinity and the West, sexology and the invention of homosexuality, the new woman, reproduction and family planning, the making of urban gay subcultures, the invention of the pill, sexual liberation, the politics of abortion, HIV/AIDS, and the LGBT rights movement. We will consider the ways in which the study of sexuality creates opportunities to re-think major themes in U.S. social, cultural, and political history. Two class meetings per week.Spring semester.  Professor Manion.


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2017, Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2023