Biology of Female Sexuality
This course examines the human female body with respect to sexual response, menstruation, reproduction, menopause, and contemporary health issues. Students work in cooperative learning groups for leading discussions and for the class praxis project, which focuses on constructive alliances with men to promote healthy relationships and reduce the sexual objectification and rape of women. The underlying goals of the course are to provide an anatomical appreciation of the human body, to improve our capacity to act as informed health-care consumers, to forge a feminist understanding of women's health concerns in a social context, and to learn skills for bridging differences and for networking among women in their diversity, in order to provide better health care for all. Texts vary from year to year. This course no longer has a laboratory component. There are no prerequisites. Men are welcome. This course counts toward the women's and gender studies major but does not count toward the biology major or minor.