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Redefining Heterosexuality with Dr. Jane Ward | S2:E2

S2:E2 | Nov. 11, 2020 | 47 min.

How does heteronormativity define the boundaries of sexuality and inform its limitations in romantic relationships? Dr. Jane Ward is a professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of California Riverside and scholar of feminist, queer, and heterosexuality studies. Dr. Ward talks to Wendy about the limitations of straight culture and how the patriarchy forms our understanding of sexual identity and the relationships that follow. Listen in as they talk about the liberation that comes with queerness and the contrast of heteronormativity that often follows.

Connect with Jane Ward

Dr. Jane Ward is professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies at University of California Riverside, where she teaches courses in feminist, queer, and heterosexuality studies. Ward is the author of multiple books, including The Tragedy of Heterosexuality, described by The New York Times Book Review as "at heart a somber, urgent academic examination of the many ways in which opposite-sex coupling can hurt the very individuals who cling to it most. " Her book Not Gay: Sex Between Straight White Men (2015) was featured in Newsweek, New York Magazine, Forbes, The Guardian, BBC, Washington Post, USA Today, Huffington Post, Salon, Vice, and Slate. Her first book, Respectably Queer: Diversity Culture in LGBT Activist Organizations, was named by The Progressive magazine as a best book of 2008 and has been featured on NPR.

Jane Ward is also a baker, an urban gardener, and a parent to one human child, one potbelly pig, nine chickens, and one cat. She lives in Southern California with her comrade Kat Ross and their kiddo.

Website / Blog: Dr. Jane Ward

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About Host Wendy Strgar

Wendy is an award-winning entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of Good Clean Love, a pioneer in the organic personal care product industry. An active sex educator, Wendy is a popular blogger and author of two books. Sex That Works: An Intimate Guide To Awakening Your Erotic Life was published in June 2017 and is the companion to her first book, Love that Works: A Guide to Enduring Intimacy. Dear Sex is Wendy's new podcast adventure.

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