I’m writing a syllabus for my department’s Love, Sex, and Gender course.
I have a problem, and it’s related to the limits of my scholarship.
I have very little in the way of material that speaks to non-binary, trans, asexual, and bisexual experiences. In recognizing this, I am asking for help in remedying the situation.
As it is presently organized, my existing syllabus reinforces sexual and gender binaries (I’ve avoided race by including pieces on gender, sex, and love from non-white perspectives), because the majority of the pieces are organized around heterosexual or homosexual experiences. To rectify this situation (and for my own education), I would like to include material that offers more than a cursory nod to the bisexual, asexual, trans, and non-binary experience, without relying upon comparisons with heterosexuality or homosexuality.
Pieces on the erasure of sexual orientations from the cultural discourse on sexuality would be a big plus, given the general “theme” of the course seeks to expand my students’ understanding of the possibilities and problematics of the existing philosophical conversation on Love, Sex, and Gender. Now, by “philosophy,” I do not mean strictly academic texts: articles, narratives, and literature are also of interest for inclusion. The only caveat is that the pieces must be relatively accessible, or moderately accessible, to intro students.
With this course, I have the opportunity to use this course to help deconstruct some of the problematic ideologies that organize the perspectives of my students. While I’m not certain that I will be able to have the intended effect, I feel that it is worth the effort to at least try to present the lived experiences of those who have been excluded from academic discourse in more than a token or cursory way as has been the usual history of these courses in my department.
That being said, if you have anything, or if there’s something that you’ve always wished someone would teach in a course of this type, please inbox it to me as I would really like to not teach yet another course on gender and sexuality that is complicit in the erasure of non-binary, trans, or other non-heterosexual experiences.