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Performing Sex: The Making and Unmaking of Women's Erotic Lives Paperback – November 1, 2011

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Fahs provides striking evidence that contemporary sexual liberation is sexual performance that disempowers women with the name of empowerment Connecting the data from interviews to her clinical experience and current relevant scholarship, the author challenges readers to ask if liberation alone is enough Fahs examines each case in detail with very accessible language and elaboration Highly recommended. CHOICE
Fahs has the opportunity here to shape what should become a burgeoning subfield in gender and sexuality studies the study of sexual subjectivities. This straddles social psychology, women s studies, and sociology and explores the concept that social influences and forces effect how people come to understand themselves on an individual or psychological level. Rebecca F. Plante, coeditor of Doing Gender Diversity: Readings in Theory and Real-World Experience"

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Although conventional wisdom holds that women in the United States today are more sexually liberated than ever before, a number of startling statistics call into question this perceived victory: over half of all women report having faked orgasms; 45 percent of women find rape fantasies erotic; a growing number of women perform same-sex eroticism for the viewing benefit of men; and recent clinical studies label 40 percent of women as "sexually dysfunctional." Caught between postsexual revolution celebrations of progress and alarmingly regressive new modes of disempowerment, the forty women interviewed in Performing Sex offer a candid and provocative portrait of "liberated" sex in America. Through this nuanced and complex study, Breanne Fahs demonstrates that despite the constant cooptation of the terms of sexual freedom, women's sexual subjectivities--and the ways they continually grapple with shifting definitions of liberation--represent provocative spaces for critical inquiry and personal discovery, ultimately generating novel ways of imagining and reimagining power, pleasure, and resistance.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: SUNY Press (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 143843782X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1438437828
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,182,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Few books have been able to capture what it is like to be a woman growing up in America today. Performing Sex is one of these. It is important for anyone trying to understand the complex world our young women are now living in. Dr. Fahs provides an intimate look at the challenges they face. Her book is important for those in the academic world of human development, sociology, women's studies, and psychology, but also for individuals seeking greater personal insight. A very important book for our time.
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Breanne Fahs' book Performing Sex: The Making and Unmaking of Women's Erotic Lives, which should be read by every man and every woman who wants to understand the modern world, would be especially valuable to anyone who has a daughter. Thank you, Ms. Fahs, for putting together this brilliant study. My hat's off to you. - Christian Gehman
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