What do paintings tell us about sex? How is art gendered? Here we get up close to some of the great paintings in the world’s most famous museums, giving you insight into how art speaks to us about sex, sexuality and gender.
What is sexuality and how does it reflect power relations within society? Award-winning Cambridge sociologist Véronique Mottier provides a provocative cultural history.
What is normal sex? Who decides? Why has power dominated pleasure in the history of sexuality? From the pederasty of the ancient Greeks to the political lesbians of the 20th century, sex has always been a reflection of the struggle for power in society. In this course, Professor Véronique Mottier unveils the truth of what goes on behind closed doors.
By the end of the course, you will have learned:
why today’s taboos were commonplace in antiquity
how pleasure and sex became associated
why the Greeks did not classify sexual relations by gender
why sex was once considered the enemy of God
how the enlightenment freed sexuality from church dogma
the challenges to biological models of sex
the sexual contracts of marriage
how sex is moving beyond science.
As part of the course there are in-video quiz questions to consolidate your learning, suggested further readings to explore topics further, discussion boards to have your say and an end of course assessment set by Professor Mottier.
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