Deviations

Deviations Author Gayle Rubin
ISBN-10 9780822349860
Year 2011-11-28
Pages 484
Language en
Publisher Duke University Press
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Collection of writings by Gayle S. Rubin, an American theorist and activist in feminist, lesbian and gay, queer, and sexuality studies since the 1970s.

Deviations

Deviations Author Gayle S. Rubin
ISBN-10 082234971X
Year 2011-11-28
Pages 480
Language en
Publisher Duke University Press Books
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Deviations is the definitive collection of writing by Gayle S. Rubin, a pioneering theorist and activist in feminist, lesbian and gay, queer, and sexuality studies since the 1970s. Rubin first rose to prominence in 1975 with the publication of “The Traffic in Women,” an essay that had a galvanizing effect on feminist thinking and theory. In another landmark piece, “Thinking Sex,” she examined how certain sexual behaviors are constructed as moral or natural, and others as unnatural. That essay became one of queer theory’s foundational texts. Along with such canonical work, Deviations features less well-known but equally insightful writing on subjects such as lesbian history, the feminist sex wars, the politics of sadomasochism, crusades against prostitution and pornography, and the historical development of sexual knowledge. In the introduction, Rubin traces her intellectual trajectory and discusses the development and reception of some of her most influential essays. Like the book it opens, the introduction highlights the major lines of inquiry pursued for nearly forty years by a singularly important theorist of sex, gender, and culture.

Reading Writing and Rewriting the Prostitute Body

Reading  Writing  and Rewriting the Prostitute Body Author Shannon Bell
ISBN-10 0253208599
Year 1994
Pages 229
Language en
Publisher Indiana University Press
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"I found this a fascinating book: wide-ranging, readable." —Alison Jaggar Bell shows how the flesh-and-blood female body engaged in sexual interaction for payment has no inherent meaning and is signified differently in different cultures or discourses. The author contends that modernity has produced "the prostitute" as the other within the categorial other: woman.

Biopolitics

Biopolitics Author Timothy C. Campbell
ISBN-10 0822353326
Year 2013
Pages 446
Language en
Publisher
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A compilation of the primary texts—by Foucault, Arendt, Agamben, Badiou, and other theorists—that laid the ground for contemporary thinking about biopolitics, or the relations between life and politics.

Prostitution and Pornography

Prostitution and Pornography Author Jessica Spector
ISBN-10 0804749388
Year 2006
Pages 465
Language en
Publisher Stanford University Press
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This collection of new and classic writings about the sex industry asks us to think about the differences between our society's treatment of prostitution and pornography, while investigating how liberalism deals with the sex industry in general.

Exotics at Home

Exotics at Home Author Micaela di Leonardo
ISBN-10 0226472647
Year 2000-03-16
Pages 445
Language en
Publisher University of Chicago Press
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What is the exotic, after all? In this study, Micaela di Leonardo reveals the face of power within the mask of cultural difference. Focusing on the intimate and shifting relations between popular portrayals of exotic Others and the practice of anthropology, that profession assumed to be America's Guardian of the Offbeat, she casts new light on gender, race, and the public sphere in America's past and present. Chicago's 1893 Columbian World Exposition and today's college-town ethnic boutiques frame di Leonardo's century-long analysis.

Sex Marriage and Family in World Religions

Sex  Marriage  and Family in World Religions Author Don S. Browning
ISBN-10 9780231131179
Year 2009-04-24
Pages 496
Language en
Publisher Columbia University Press
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"Spanning thousands of years, this new collection brings together writings and teachings about sex, marriage, and family from the Jewish, Christian, Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, and Confucian traditions. Chosen and introduced by leading scholars of each religion, the volume's selections include a wide array of traditional texts. The book also contains contemporary writings, responding to the changing mores and conditions of modern life." "Sex, Marriage and Family in World Religions reveals the similarities and differences among the various religions and the development of ideas and teachings within each tradition. It sheds light on each religion's views on a wide variety of subjects, including sexuality and sexual pleasure, the meaning and purpose of marriage, the role of betrothal, the status of women, the place of romance, grounds for divorce, celibacy, and sexual deviance."--BOOK JACKET.

What Do Gay Men Want

What Do Gay Men Want Author David M. Halperin
ISBN-10 0472116223
Year 2007
Pages 167
Language en
Publisher University of Michigan Press
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What Do Gay Men Want? explores some of the possibilities.Unlike most writers on the topic of gay men and risky sex, David Halperin liberates gay male subjectivity from psychology, demonstrating the insidious ways in which psychology's defining opposition between the normal and the pathological subjects homosexuality to medical reasoning and revives a whole set of unexamined moral assumptions about "good" sex and "bad" sex.In particular, Halperin champions neglected traditions of queer thought, including both literary and popular discourses, by drawing on the work of well-known figures like Jean Genet and neglected ones like Marcel Jouhandeau. He shows how the long history of of gay men's uses of "abjection" can offer an alternative, nonmoralistic model for thinking about gay male subjectivity, something which is urgently needed in the age of barebacking. -- Publisher description.

Selves Symbols and Sexualities

Selves  Symbols  and Sexualities Author Thomas S. Weinberg
ISBN-10 9781483323893
Year 2014-03-06
Pages 344
Language en
Publisher SAGE Publications
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Offering an anthology of original articles on sexuality from a sociological perspective, Selves, Symbols, and Sexualities: An Interactionist Anthology focuses on the diverse and multi-layered meanings of sexuality, sexual behaviors and sexual identities. Thomas S. Weinberg and Staci Newmahr bring you essays that explore sexuality as a social process. As a whole, the book takes the perspective that what each of us understands to be sexual is constructed through everyday social processes and interaction, situated in particular spaces and moments, identified through our social-sexual presentations, and symbolized through language, objects and practices. The book is organized around these four distinct but interrelated processes, and augmented by personal narratives around relevant issues. The authors’ goals for the book are to engage students in the sociological enterprise by providing interesting and insightful entries that emphasize the importance of meaning-making in human sexuality, and to provide them with conceptual tools to understand human sexuality in a complex and quickly changing sexual landscape.

Techniques of Pleasure

Techniques of Pleasure Author Margot Weiss
ISBN-10 9780822351597
Year 2011-12-20
Pages 315
Language en
Publisher Duke University Press
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In this lively ethnography, Weiss studies the pansexual BDSM community in the San Francisco Bay Area. Weiss finds that BDSM practice is not as transgressive as the participants imagine, nor is it simply reinforcing of older forms of social domination. Instead she shows how fantasy play depends on pre-existing social hierarchies, even as it also participates in a commodification of desires.

The Queer Art of Failure

The Queer Art of Failure Author Judith Halberstam
ISBN-10 9780822350453
Year 2011-09-19
Pages 211
Language en
Publisher Duke University Press
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The Queer Art of Failure is about finding alternatives - to conventional understandings of success in a heteronormative, capitalist society; to academic disciplines that confirm what is already known according to approved methods of knowing; and to cultural criticism that has extensively theorized hegemony but paid little attention to counter-hegemony. Judith Halberstam proposes "low theory" as a means of recovering ways of being and forms of knowledge not legitimized by existing systems and institutions. Low theory is derived from eccentric archives. It runs the risk of not being taken seriously. It entails a willingness to fail and to lose one's way. Tacking back and forth between high theory and low theory, high culture and low culture, Halberstam looks for the unexpected and subversive in popular culture, avant-garde performance, and queer art. She pays particular attention to animated children's films, contending that new forms of animation, especially CGI, have generated narratives filled with unexpected encounters between the childish, the transformative, and the queer. Dismantling contemporary logics of success, Halberstam demonstrates that failure sometimes offers more creative, cooperative, and surprising ways of being in the world.

Coming Out

Coming Out Author Jeffrey Weeks
ISBN-10 070437417X
Year 2016-09-22
Pages
Language en
Publisher
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A compelling and comprehensive account of British LGBT lives from the late 1800s to the present day, written by a leading authority. Essential for anyone interested in LGBT issues. Originally published to great acclaim in 1977 as a pioneering study of gay and lesbian lives, this classic prizewinning title is newly reissued in a revised and updated edition at a time when LGBT issues are a matter of national importance. As a gay activist and campaigner, Jeffrey Weeks has been on the frontline of the fight for equality for decades.

Pleasure and Danger

Pleasure and Danger Author Carole S. Vance
ISBN-10 0044408676
Year 1992
Pages 462
Language en
Publisher Pandora Press
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This is a contribution to the discussion of sexuality for women - sexual danger and sexual pleasure.

Critique of Black Reason

Critique of Black Reason Author Achille Mbembe
ISBN-10 9780822373230
Year 2017-02-17
Pages 240
Language en
Publisher Duke University Press
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In Critique of Black Reason eminent critic Achille Mbembe offers a capacious genealogy of the category of Blackness—from the Atlantic slave trade to the present—to critically reevaluate history, racism, and the future of humanity. Mbembe teases out the intellectual consequences of the reality that Europe is no longer the world's center of gravity while mapping the relations among colonialism, slavery, and contemporary financial and extractive capital. Tracing the conjunction of Blackness with the biological fiction of race, he theorizes Black reason as the collection of discourses and practices that equated Blackness with the nonhuman in order to uphold forms of oppression. Mbembe powerfully argues that this equation of Blackness with the nonhuman will serve as the template for all new forms of exclusion. With Critique of Black Reason, Mbembe offers nothing less than a map of the world as it has been constituted through colonialism and racial thinking while providing the first glimpses of a more just future.

A Sketch of the Fading Sun

A Sketch of the Fading Sun Author Wan-sŏ Pak
ISBN-10 1877727938
Year 1999
Pages 200
Language en
Publisher White Pine Press
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A look inside the hidden world of Korean women by one of that country's best-known feminist writers.