The Sexual Demon of Colonial Power is a political, cultural, and intellectual study of race, sex, and Western empire. Greg Thomas interrogates a system that represents race, gender, sexuality, and class in certain systematic and oppressive ways. By connecting sex and eroticism to geopolitics both politically and epistemologically, he examines the logic, operations, and politics of sexuality in the West. The book focuses on the centrality of race, class, and empire to Western realities of "gender and sexuality" and to problematic Western attempts to theorize gender and sexuality (or embodiment). Addressing a wide range of intellectual disciplines, it holds out the hope for an analysis freed from the domination of white, Western terms of reference.
I found this book to be not only a stimulating and thought-provoking read, butalso one that was impressive for how accessible Thomas made such a thoroughgoing analysis of a broad range of fields. This review can only hint at the richness of the text and the powerful nature of the argumentation. Thomas must be commended for his ability to so clearly capture such an in-depth critique in ways that are always already reconstructive at the same time as they are deconstructive.2009 * Body & Society *