This course investigates historical and contemporary debates about the production of sexuality through various cultural forms. We will consider the idea of the public and its apparent complement, privacy, as these have been constructed through struggles over sexuality. We will address how the meanings and values of sexuality have been struggled over within education, science, public policy, aesthetics, medicine, and other fields. Sexuality offers a particularly contentious site to analyze how taken-for-granted cultural dichotomies function to bolster gender, race, and class norms: respectable/illicit, art/pornography, education/entertainment, health/disease, culture/commerce, and so on. Students will undertake their own independent research project in this area throughout the semester.