Sexual Violence

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Jia Xue

Ph.D. Candidate in Social Welfare, University of Pennsylvania
WAPPP Fellow

Jia Xue’s research focuses on intimate violence, dating violence in young adulthood, child abuse and gender-based violence in international and cross-cultural contexts.

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The Sexual Life of Colonialism

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2018

Sexuality has long shaped racial and civilizational assessments of what it means to be modern. We will investigate the role of colonialism in racial imaginations of gender and sexuality and how these histories shape contemporary understandings of queer politics, rights, and resistance around the world. We will explore histories of sexual control, colonial and racial difference, and marginal sexualities in colonial and postcolonial spaces, including West Asia, South Asia, and Sub-saharan Africa. The course will cover many forms of sexuality including interracial relationships between colonizer populations and the colonized, questions of sexual violence, queer and same-sex desires, sexual outcasts like prostitutes, and the politics of gender difference and trans individuals.

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Disability and Sexuality

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2017

This course will examine the complex disconnections and intersections between studies of race, gender, sexuality and disability. Why are disabled people so often represented in the popular media as sexless, innocent, and childlike? Why are the few portrayals we do see of disabled people in relationships heterosexual, white, and cis-gendered?. Topics include: shifting definitions of disability and mental illness in relation to sexuality; fetish and desire; vulnerability and violence; the role of technology as cure; neurodiversity; disability art; the media’s role in shaping cultural perceptions of disabled people’s desires and pleasures; Mad pride and LGBT pride; queer and crip theory; politics and liberation.

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Gender, Violence, and Power

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2017

This seminar will explore understandings of gender-based violence through the lenses of feminist and trauma theory. Topics include intimate partner violence, sexual assault, child abuse, workplace harassment, Title IX, and street harassment. We will examine the evolution across time of cultural and medico-legal understandings of the problem, important developments in policy, medicine, and law in the last 40 years, and how violence looks outside of the male-female binary through which it is often understood.

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MacKenzie, Megan. “Securitizing Sex?”. International Feminist Journal of Politics 12.2 (2010): , 12, 2, 202-221. Web. Publisher's VersionAbstract

Visions of the post-conflict reintegration process in Sierra Leone as a moment of healing, reconstruction, opportunity and rehabilitation do not take into account the experience of women and girls who were raped during the conflict. For them, the post-conflict period is often characterized by trauma, silence and stigmatization. This article examines wartime rape in relation to the liberal family model and the perception of sex as a ‘private’ social concern rather than a public security issue.

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