Sexual (Dis)Orientation: Gender, Sex, Desire and by Tamsin Wilton (auth.)

By Tamsin Wilton (auth.)

Tamsin Wilton interviewed just about 100 girls for you to know the way we pass approximately developing a sexual id as 'lesbian' or 'heterosexual'. How do ladies adventure wish? What are the diversities among women and men as sexual companions? How do wish, excitement, intimacy, gender and morality develop into a part of women's experience of self? Asking those, and different questions, this research breaks throughout the stand-off among essentialists and constructionists to suggest a clean re-thinking of the wanting self.

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252) This book is about the self. Specifically, it is about the ways in which sex, gender, desire and the erotic become available for incorporation into our self-fashioning. It is about women, and how we women do the work of building a sexual identity for ourselves where our habitus requires this of us. It is about persons, personas and personalities, and about how best to make sense of desire and erotic pleasure in relation to each of these. This is, of course, an over-laden and contested lexicon.

Colapinto 2000, p. 27) It does not require training in radical feminist or Freudian theory to alert the reader to worrying implications in this confession of 'the guilt of being male'. Money's pre-eminence as a theorist and clinician resulted in widespread acceptance of his theories of core gender identity, upon which is premised the whole clinical apparatus of transsexuality and sex reassignment surgery, as well as the practice of carrying out major genital surgery on 'intersex' infants. Money's account of core gender identity has also been extremely influential in reinforcing inversion theories of sexual orientation, and thus shores up the (otherwise rather weak) body of research evidence for biomedical aetiology of queer desires.

As a stolen snapshot of the zeitgeist, then, the material produced by this workshop is richly suggestive of the immensely complex problem that is sexuality in the postmodern. Any attempt to theorise lesbian desire and identity is obliged to engage with precisely those elements that so unsettled the participants. The postmodern self-fashioning paradigm, produced by and collusive with a more general commodification of the self, the body, desire and (I would suggest) gender itself, gives rise to an account of lesbian sexuality as an individual choice, prompted 42 Sexual (Dis)Orientation by rational self-interest.

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