Lecture 8 Nudity and Nature. World Population : Oct, 2009: 6.7888 billion – US Census Bureau Announcements ... ? CAUTION : sensitive material in artifact with attendance sheet Thursday – presentations begin – also, email me if you need assistance in finding articles for paper.
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World Population: Oct, 2009: 6.7888 billion – US Census Bureau
CAUTION: sensitive material in artifact with attendance sheet
Thursday – presentations begin – also, email me if you need assistance in finding articles for paper.
In October, we begin to focus on material aspects of gender, sex, sexuality, and nature; consider bodies, among other things, “materials” on/in/through which gender, sexuality, and environmental ideals and practices intersect.
Start reading A and S on Goffman on my Personal Webpage LINK, accessible through the homepage of the Department of Sociology and Criminology
Closer to the final exam, The Smell of Burning Ants video will be show from 1:45 – 2:15 during class time following the regularly scheduled lecture.
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TodaySociology and Human Bodies
SMUO Bell, D. and Holliday, R. (2000). Naked as nature intended. Body and Society, 6 (3/4), 127-140.
Why should sociology give “voice” to material aspects of how we negotiate our bodies through society? photos LIBERACE www.reagleplayers.com; GHANDI www.larrymulvehill.com
(photo from photobucket.com)
For example, sex is a weaker need
than thirst and eating
1. Our needs and the ways we seek to meet them do not happen in a hierarchy;
2. The theory is too materialistic-based without much devotion to ideals, such as pleasure.
3. The theory is thoroughly Western-ized (in its origin and its target audience) – too much emphasis on “civilization”; we seek fulfillment in many directions; we, therefore, cannot generalize this to other cultures – even within Canada.
The Eland Bull Dance: Tribal females act like eland cows who are romancing each other and mating, dancing backward toward the huts where the (newly) menstruating girl lays under a cloak. She “becomes” a woman because of the dancing outside. (www.dhushara.com/paradoxhtm/culture/eland1.jpg)
Compare this to mainstream western culture - is there a comparable event/rite of passage here to respond to a female’s bodily changes?
What might be around in 3000 years to teach those future societies about menstruation as it is today for many females?
Federation of Canadian Nudists based in Ontario (FCN LINKCAUTION: back nudity)
Famous Photo of ???? (photographer: Annie Leibovitz)
Wherever there is culture, counterculture is possible. bodies, we constantly embed and interpret Who might challenge this trailer’s presence in their community? What are some possible ideals of the counterculture?
(photo www.bbc.co.uk/wiltshire )
(clothing is not optional during at least some part of the naturist performance)
Much overlap exists, and we take them for granted, but they differ.
IN GERMANY bodies, we constantly embed and interpret
Around the same time Hitler outlawed social nudity, England’s eccentric writers and artists, who took part in nudity performances as a social fact, found themselves scorned by the morality squads of the day – they were treated as vulgar, and were driven even further underground, such as the “BlackThorn’s Sun Club” which is going strong today.
All of this heated up the minds of the English status quo… Causing a moral panic of sorts … Spurring off intensified surveillance of “queer society”