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Who Do You Want to Sleep with?: Bodies, Identification, and their Consequences

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Who do you want to sleep with? What are those consequences? Do they want to sleep with you? What is it about those individuals that make you feel this way? Is it their bodies or their possibilities? If sex is about making the present ever more present, then are you interested in the “reality” you’ll engage in? Is it about being with them? What keeps you from sleeping with them, if you aren’t already? Is your body? Out of the many writing exercises we’ve done these are the questions my exploration has lead me to and what I’m proposing my final project addresses. In reflecting on the themes and concepts that our class has tackled this semester, sex, the body, and the interactions of both with others have been at the core of our discussions. For example, during our unit in disability many of our discourses explored the disabled body and its deviance in relation to navigating space in the abled world.

            For my project, I’ll be drawing on Ann’s suggesting of making an interchangeable block game modeled after Riva Lehrer’s self portrait. Rather than having a three-dimensional depiction I’ll be making a display board with various images of bodies. Around each image there will be text from Kate Bornstein’s Gender Outlaw, the film Live Nude Girls Unite!, Ervin Goffman’s Stigma and the course forums. I’ve decided to work text into the piece to guide and extend participants’ thought process while interacting with the images.



1.)    "Self-Portrait." Web. 4 Dec 2009. <


2.)    Bornstein, Kate. Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us.

            1st. Great Britain: Routledge, 1994. Print.

3.)    Dirs. Julia Query, Vicky Funari. Live Nude Girls Unite!.

      First Run Features, 2001

4.)    Goffman, Ervin. Stigma: Notes on the Management of Spoiled Identity.

                   1st.    Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1963. Print.



LizJ's picture


i love the idea of incorporating deviance with desire... does desire equal deviance? does desire drive us to be deviant? are they mutually exclusive? are they not? and when it all comes down to it, doesn't attraction always end up being "who you want to fuck?" we are labeled and/or catagorized by who we perfer to have sex with.  i think these are all interesting questions that could be both have simple and very complicated answers. i can't wait to see how you explore them! especially because i think the block game is somewhat ingenious. duh.

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i really like this! i think it's something that in itself  is a way for people to be active in learning and doing something about the issues in gender and sexuality. it gets people's mind thinking and it can even be a game that can be played by young kids. so as to say that maybe it can be another factor in the way kids are raised (instead of Barbie, this game). i also love the way you are utilizing out talks about sex. i'm totallu using it in a different light, but i like yours as well. i really don't see anything that needs to be changed.