Spotlight on: The Politics of Gender

Sexual intercourse began
In nineteen sixty-three
(which was rather late for me) –
Between the end of the “Chatterley” ban
And the Beatles’ first LP.

From Annus Mirabilis by Philip Larkin

Who were the real winners and losers of the so-called sexual revolution?

This is the kind of question posed by lecturers on The Politics of Gender course. Subtitled ‘Social and historical perspectives on gender, feminism and the family’, the course covers a huge range of subjects, including marriage, reproduction, sexual cultures, ‘work-life balance’, infant feeding, homosexuality, domestic life, divorce, suffrage, second wave feminism, pregnancy, Thatcherism and family life.

The aim is to give students both a historical education about modern Britain and a contemporary perspective on gender in British culture.

The course is convened by Dr Charlotte Faircloth, but other lecturers regularly teach classes. Here, you can see an excerpt from Dr Natalie Thomlinson’s lecture entitled ‘Marriage and Sexual Cultures in the Twentieth Century’, in which she talks about the rise of the sexologists:

PKP student Kaihia says, ‘I took this class because I wanted to learn about something other than my major, which is business. This class has helped me to learn something different that I can add to my knowledge.’

Another student adds: ‘It’s been really interesting to study feminism and the politics of gender in modern Britain.’

For more information see the course webpage on the Pembroke website.

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