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University of California, Irvine
Gender and Sexuality Studies, B.A.

Since its inception in 1975 as the center of feminist scholarship and teaching at UC Irvine, the Gender & Sexuality Studies (previously known as "Women`s Studies") has been dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of gender and sexuality in their complex articulations with systems that differentiate races, ethnicities, socio-economic classes, religions, and nationalities. The Department draws critical attention to `gender` and `sexuality` as concept-terms that necessarily invoke multiple systems of oppression, inequality and privilege, and which engender various forms of embodiment, desire, subjectivity, knowledge and politics. We look at masculinities and femininities not as natural, pre-given facts lodged in a clear-cut binary system of biological difference, but as products of specific cultural, political and economic processes. We examine how the authority of sciences, technologies, images, narratives, laws, and religions have been formative in producing prevailing ideas about gender and sexuality. Our teaching and research agendas reflect a commitment to refining three key methods: 1) Feminist Transnational Analysis; 2) Critical Interdisciplinarity; 3) Cultural Theory.

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