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The Politics of Desirability
Description: Although the development of dating technology was intended to make it more accessible to find a partner, it is not clear whether dating applications have, in actuality, advanced dating diversity or exacerbated dating discrimination. My research will be using the theory of desirability politics, which posits that whom we desire sexually, romantically, and socially carries inherently political import and is rooted in systems of oppression, to examine modern-day desire, sex, and intimacy.
Objective(s): At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to: identify and reflect on their own or other people's desires and preferences for certain bodies/identities and recognize how those preferences may be maintaining inequality in the sexual, romantic, intimate, and social spheres of our lives.