Politics, Identity, and Resistance - Teenagers and Sex in Pop Culture

CLLC-L120 / CLASS 11028 — Spring 2020

Cravens B/Collins Cinema
Days and Times
Tu/Th 2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m., 3 credits
Course Description

Adolescence is the life stage in which young people are expected to develop sexual identities and begin sexual activity. It is also a time when sexual activities are heavily regulated through schools, laws, and parents. This tension plays out repeatedly in popular culture. From movies like American Pie to online fanfiction, abstinence-porn young adult novels such as Twilight and actual porn featuring “barely legal” actors, American culture has an ongoing fascination with the sexual coming-of-age that we expect in the teenage years. This course will guide students through an examination of this genre of pop culture. We will focus on the ways that normative identities—age, gender, sexual orientation, race, and class—are embedded within the sexual practices depicted. We’ll consider the implications of these identities for power, consent, health, connection, and pleasure. Students will leave the class prepared to write detailed critical analyses of pop culture texts.

Film screenings Wednesdays 7:00 - 10:00 pm Collins Cinema

Instructor: Alyssa Bossenger

Collins Seminars: Selected by Board of Educational Programming (BOEP)