Browsing All posts tagged under »embodiment«

Approaching sex through archaeology: becoming male and female

May 6, 2010


When you move away from the idea that sex/gender is an inherent essence, something predefined at (or even before) birth, towards a performative, iterative, idea of sex/gender as something that you do, an ongoing process of acting in a particular way, the conversation shifts from “being” to “becoming”. Because the act of becoming, performing, enacting, […]

Approaching sex through archaeology: third genders and beyond

May 5, 2010


Returning to a theme from the previous week, third genders, I begin my discussion of method and theory and how they change what archaeologists think we can do with a reconsideration rooted in Sandra Hollimon’s work on Chumash society of California. In Ancient Bodies, Ancient Lives, I describe what Hollimon sketches out in a series […]

European bodies

April 28, 2010


I use Thomas Laqueuer’s Making Sex to frame my discussion of the European tradition of thinking about sex. While I only require two chapters, I make reference to others in my own lectures. By asking students to consider how external genitalia could be understand as evidence for one sex at one point in history, and […]

But isn’t biology normally dual?

April 25, 2010


One of the questions students raise at the beginning of this course, confronted with the work of Anne Fausto Sterling and Thomas Laqueur, is about biological sex: yes, they can see that things like musculature, hair length, even height don’t fall neatly into two groups; but isn’t it true that normal sexual biology consists of […]

So what does Ancient Bodies, Ancient Lives do?

April 22, 2010


Karina Croucher provides a better overview of the book than I ever have, in her April 2010 review in the American Journal of Archaeology Online: The book is structured into an introduction and five chapters that cover various thematic areas. The author challenges constructions of sex and gender categories, addresses aspects of power and hierarchy, […]

Feminist Review: You will never look at sex and gender identity in absolute terms again

April 21, 2010


I have been delighted by the number of reviewers and people using Ancient Bodies, Ancient Lives in teaching who have gotten the central point of the book: sex and gender identity have to be understood as complex, dynamic, relational, material, but above all, historical. That said, what did the Feminist Review mean in this comment? […]