Sexuality, 3rd Edition (Key Ideas) by Jeffrey Weeks

By Jeffrey Weeks

For over 20 years, Sexuality has supplied a leading edge advent to debates approximately sexualities, gender, and intimate lifestyles. past versions incorporated pioneering discussions of the ancient shaping of sexuality, identification politics, the increase of fundamentalism, the social effect of AIDS, the effect of the hot genetics, ‘global sex’, queer idea, ‘sex wars’, the debates approximately values, new styles of intimacy, and lots more and plenty extra. during this new version, Jeffrey Weeks deals an intensive replace of those debates, and introduces new options and concerns. Globalization is now a key manner of figuring out the reshaping of sexual existence, and is mentioned when it comes to international flows, neo-liberalism, new different types of competition, cosmopolitanism and the heated debates round intercourse trafficking and intercourse tourism. Arguments in regards to the law and regulate of sexuality, and the intersection of assorted dimensions of energy and domination are contextualised through a sustained argument in regards to the significance of service provider in remaking sexual and intimate lifestyles. particularly, new sorts of Lesbian, homosexual, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer politics, and the excessive effect of the debates approximately same-sex marriage are explored. those controversies, in flip, feed into debates approximately what's ‘transgressive’, ‘normal’, ‘ordinary’; into the character of heter-normativity; and into the meanings of range and selection. To finish, the booklet turns to questions of values and ethics, acceptance, sexual citizenship and human sexual rights. This ebook screens the succinctness, readability and comprehensiveness for which Jeffrey Weeks has develop into renowned. it's going to entice a variety of readers across the world.

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How restrictions’ have to do with the organs that we use, the orifices we may enter, the manner of sexual involvement and sexual intercourse: what we may touch, when we may touch, with what frequency, and so on (Plummer 1984). These regulations take many forms: formal and informal, legal and extra-legal. They tend not to apply in an undifferentiated way for the whole of society. For instance, there are usually different rules for men and women, shaped in ways which subordinate women’s sexuality to men’s.

Other cultures, on the other hand, have not found it necessary to issue the same injunctions, or develop the same dichotomies. The anthropologists Ford and Beach found that only 15 per cent of 185 different societies surveyed restricted sexual liaisons to single mateships. 8 Even more unsettling was the evidence that the heterosexual/homosexual binary divide, which has done so much to define Western attitudes since the nineteenth century, was something less than universal. Marriage has not been inevitably heterosexual, even before contemporary claims for the recognition of same-sex partnerships.

But it does not cause the patterns of sexual life. We cannot reduce human behaviour to the mysterious workings of the DNA, the eternal gene, or ‘the dance of the chromosomes’ (Cherfas and Gribbin 1984). I prefer to see in biology a set of potentialities, which are transformed and given meaning only in social relationships. Human consciousness and human history are very complex phenomena, not simply reflections of Nature. This theoretical stance has many roots: in the sociology and anthropology of sex, in the revolution in psychoanalysis and in the new social history.

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