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Sex and Sexuality Microsyllabus

Presented by Politics, Groups, and Identities

Curated by Zein Murib and Alyana Vera, this microsyllabus is an effort to bring students and scholars alike up to speed on research about sex, sexuality, and gender politics. The syllabus starts with a primer on the modern LGBT rights movement before exploring the complexity of the movement, and its faults. The syllabus then moves to discussing the development of trans political identity, the debate that emerges from this political salience, and the barriers to political involvement for trans individuals. The syllabus is then rounded out with an article on gender binaries and their history in colonialism, and a proposal on how to use queer theory in social science and law.

In the midst of political efforts to undermine and rollback the gains made by certain segments of the LGBTQ group, this microsyllabus is meant to draw attention to the historical and social grouping of LGBTQ+ people: a identity-based group composed of many disparate groups, all with different goals. By exploring the intersection of sex, sexuality, gender, race, and nationality, this syllabus hopes to call into question the usefulness of this grouping, the prominence of certain voices within the community, and the implications that the political framing of rights has for the entire community. These questions are especially important as the Supreme Court weighs on a number of cases that could decide whether or not Title VII protections apply to sexuality and gender identity.

Title Author(s) Volume, Issue Publication Year
Promiscuity of the past: neoliberalism and gay sexuality pre- and post-AIDS Matthew Dean Hindman Vol. 7, Issue 1 2017
From Kameny to Kennedy: the road to the positive rights protection of marriage equality in Obergefell v. Hodges Jason Pierceson Vol. 3, Issue 4 2015
The view from the top: social acceptance and ideological conservatism among sexual minorities Royal G. Cravens Latest Articles 2019
Transgender: examining an emerging political identity using three political processes Zein Murib Vol. 3, Issue 3 2015
Sex segregation as policy problem: a gendered policy paradox Elizabeth A. Sharrow Latest Articles 2019
Why the “transgender” bathroom controversy should make us rethink sex-segregated public bathrooms Heath Fogg Davis Vol. 6, Issue 2 2017
Transgender politics as body politics: effects of disgust sensitivity and authoritarianism on transgender rights attitudes Patrick R. Miller, Andrew R. Flores, Donald P. Haider-Markel, Daniel C. Lewis, Barry L. Tadlock & Jami K. Taylor Vol. 5, Issue 1 2017
Bringing “T” to the table: understanding individual support of transgender candidates for public office Donald Haider-Markel, Patrick Miller, Andrew Flores, Daniel C. Lewis, Barry Tadlock & Jami Taylor Vol. 5, Issue 3 2017
Attitudes toward transgender rights: perceived knowledge and secondary interpersonal contact Andrew R. Flores Vol. 3, Issue 3 2015
Rattling the binary: symbolic power, gender, and embodied colonial legacies Shiera S. el-Malik Vol. 2, Issue 1 2018
Queer sensibilities: notes on method Jerry Thomas Vol. 5, Issue 1 2017

About the Journal

Politics, Groups, and Identities is an official journal of the Western Political Science Association. It presents the best scholarship on social groups, exploring the politics of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, class and other dimensions of identity and structural disadvantage. The journal publishes work across all subfields of political science, as well as the social sciences and humanities more generally. The journal publishes research on any country or region of the world, including work that is global or international in scope as well as work that is national or local, or examines connections between these levels.
Politics, Groups, and Identities is interdisciplinary in focus. The editors are open to a wide range of analytic approaches, including interpretive, ethnographic, historical, statistical, and multi-method analyses. In addition to publishing original research articles, the editors also seek proposals for integrative review essays as well as symposia on specific topics or dimensions of the politics of social groups. The editors are especially interested in proposals that would promote discussion among scholars on innovative topics or projects. These discussions might take several forms, including but not limited to (1) a set of pieces tackling a common question or debate, (2) a research article with several responses and a rejoinder, (3) “thought” pieces with responses from a variety of perspectives, and (4) research workshops in which novel methodologies or analytical approaches are presented and critiqued.
Politics, Groups, and Identities is a peer-reviewed (double-blind) journal. Learn more about submission.

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