3.19.2014 / Gayle Rubin

Gayle Rubin

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
10am – 12pm
San Francisco Campus Boardroom

Gayle Rubin is a feminist anthropologist who has written on censorship, s/m sex, and modern lesbian literature, among other topics. In 1975, Gayle Rubin, while still a graduate student in anthropology, published “The Traffic in Women: On The ‘Political Economy’ of Sex,” a foundational feminist text.  In 1986 she published the equally path breaking essay, “Thinking Sex: Notes for a Radical Theory of the Politics of Sexuality,” which she first presented at a conference on sexual politics organized in 1982 at Barnard College. “Thinking Sex” rapidly became one of the most influential (and controversial) texts in the literature of sexuality studies. Rubin’s volume of collected essays, Deviations: A Gayle Rubin Reader (released in 2011) includes these key theoretical texts as well as essays on lesbian history, the feminist sex wars, the politics of sadomasochism, crusades against prostitution and pornography, the historical development of sexual knowledge, and queer ethnographic research on San Francisco’s gay male leather community. Rubin currently works as Associate Professor of Anthropology and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.