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Sexual (Dis)Orientation : Gender, Sex, Desire and Self-Fashioning - Tamsin Wilton

Sexual (Dis)Orientation

Gender, Sex, Desire and Self-Fashioning

Paperback Published: 6th July 2004
ISBN: 9781403905741
Number Of Pages: 223

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Tamsin Wilton interviewed close to a hundred women in order to understand how we go about constructing a sexual identity as 'lesbian' or 'heterosexual'. How do women experience desire? What are the differences between men and women as sexual partners? How do desire, pleasure, intimacy, gender and morality become part of women's sense of self? Asking these, and other questions, this study breaks through the stand-off between essentialists and constructionists to propose a fresh re-thinking of the desiring self.

Acknowledgementsp. viii
Introduction: What's All This About? Comments on Method and Languagep. 1
Of Models and Muddles: Disorientating Theories of Sexualityp. 6
Declaration of Self-Interest: Epistemological and Methodological Conundrumsp. 23
What is Sex? Asking the Impossible Questionp. 54
Telling the Difference: Desire, Safety and Samenessp. 76
Haunted by the Gynander: Disruptive Gendersp. 100
Stand by Your Man? Telling Heterosexual Storiesp. 126
Your Mum's an Oxymoron: Sexuality and Reproductivityp. 154
The Lesbian Vanishes? Notes for a New Sociology of the Eroticp. 177
Appendixp. 197
Notesp. 201
Referencesp. 203
Indexp. 214
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ISBN: 9781403905741
ISBN-10: 1403905746
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 223
Published: 6th July 2004
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 14.38  x 1.37
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1