Session 2

author: Irving Singer, Center for Future Civic Media, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT
recorded by: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT
published: Jan. 4, 2011,   recorded: September 2004,   views: 3403
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  • Class starts with discussion of Singer's same-sex marriage chapter.
  • Singer reviews history of homosexuality in literature and art; discusses the work of Marcel Proust, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo.
  • Singer reviews Freud's theories on bisexuality and latent homosexuality.
  • Singer explains 2 issues that come up in debates over same-sex marriage: legitimization and benefits.
  • Singer discusses cultural stereotypes about homosexuals.
  • Singer and student discuss various levels of tolerance for homosexuality in different states in the U.S.
  • Singer discusses common attitudes among groups seeking political liberation: assimilationist and separatist.
  • Singer relates issues of religious discrimination to this debate.
  • Class discusses how different religious denominations view same-sex marriage.
  • Discussion, from the perspective of philosophy, of the concept of what constitutes family.
  • Veronica starts presentation on The Pursuit of Love, beginning with chapter on 2 myths of love.
  • Singer outlines a romantic theory of love, and continues discussion from there.
  • Discussion of distinctions between falling in love, being in love, staying in love.
  • Singer talks about intersections between marriage and feelings of love, between sexual activity and love.
  • Singer discusses the relevance of hormones and developments in contraceptive technologies to patterns of sexual activity.

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