"Bathroom Anxiety: Purity, Disgust, and the Dilemmas of Being Human" with Judith Plaskow

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 7:30pm
Aaron-Roland Endowed Lecture

Judith Plaskow, Professor Emerita of Religious Studies at Manhattan College

Levinthal Hall, Stanford Humanities Center, 424 Santa Teresa St.

As the flurry of “bathroom bills” restricting access for transgender people in North Carolina and other states suggests, there is something about the topic of toilets that engenders intense anxiety, fascination and disgust.  Attitudes towards toilets and elimination are connected to understandings of what it means to be human as well as the ways social hierarchies are constructed and justified. The lecture will look at the relationship between attitudes towards toilets, excretion, and issues of access through the lens of Jewish sources.

Co-sponsored by American Studies, The Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, and the Program in Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Stanford