Sex Acts: Practices of Femininity and Masculinity

Sex Acts: Practices of Femininity and Masculinity

by Jenny Harding
     
 

ISBN-10: 0803975945

ISBN-13: 9780803975941

Pub. Date: 11/19/1998

Publisher: SAGE Publications

Drawing on original empirical research, this book provides a critical understanding of current theory in the study of sexuality.

Inter-disciplinary in approach, Jennifer Harding identifies a series of key issues on contemporary discourses: essentialism vs constructionism; gender and sexuality; representation and concepts of identity; Foucalut's notion of

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Drawing on original empirical research, this book provides a critical understanding of current theory in the study of sexuality.

Inter-disciplinary in approach, Jennifer Harding identifies a series of key issues on contemporary discourses: essentialism vs constructionism; gender and sexuality; representation and concepts of identity; Foucalut's notion of 'discourse'; and Butler's theory of gender 'performance'. These topics are explored in the light of contemporary cultural contexts - for instance, the debate on hormone theory and the social construction of sexuality, 'gender bending' and masculinity, the maternal body, queer families, and constructions of motherhood and fatherhood. Critical summaries of the main debates in the fie

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803975941
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
11/19/1998
Pages:
164
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.44(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
1The Power of Sex - an Introduction1
2Investigating Sex - Essentialism and Constructionism8
3Private Sex, Public Danger23
4Sex/uality and Representation40
5Chemical Sex and Social Control57
6'Gender-bending' and Masculinity75
7Sex/uality and the Maternal Body92
8Queer Families109
9Sexual Parody - Lesbians in Popular Culture128
References139
Index147

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