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dc.contributor.authorWagman, Jamie
dc.contributor.authorDee, Katlynn
dc.contributor.authorTipton, Alison
dc.contributor.authorWhisman, Adrienne
dc.descriptionThank you to the Seneca Falls Dialogues conference for generating helpful feedback for our poster session in October, 2016. Thank you also to the Virginia Historical Society, the American Sexual Health Association, the Social Welfare History Archives at the University of Minnesota, and the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the University of Southern California Libraries for permissions.
dc.description.abstractThis paper features recent teaching and scholarship produced in U.S. Women’s History and Women’s History coursework at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana. We discuss using visual culture analysis and intersectionality in the U.S. History and Women’s History classroom to produce scholarship that interrogates the intersection of race, class, gender and sexuality at a particular historical moment and examines visual primary sources. We give examples of scholarship produced in coursework using these methods, from studying the Lavender Scare and popular culture’s constructions of Democracy that equated communism with homosexuality to the ways in which middle class social reformers used their class status and white privilege to help prostitutes while also harming them in the early 20th century. We also look at contemporary popular culture constructions of Pocahontas and the ways in which her depictions reinforce white supremacy and distort narratives of Native-America history. The paper engages readers with images and discussion questions about a visual construction of what is considered civilized womanhood. We also examine and question what it means to be American and American ideologies on the right way of being a sexual being.
dc.subjectVisual Culture
dc.subjectWomen's History
dc.titleConstructing Sexuality and Fetishizing Women in American History: Debunking Myths in Popular Culture from Pocahontas to the Cold War
dc.description.institutionSUNY Brockport
dc.description.publicationtitleThe Seneca Falls Dialogues Journal
dc.contributor.organizationSaint Mary's College

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