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Chapter 6: Sexuality Desire, Intensification, Becoming
In this chapter, we consider how sexuality may be understood from within a materialist perspective, and take issue with some of the conventional perspectives on sexuality, drawing on two ontological issues raised in the first section of this book. First, we question (and reject) the anthropocentric privileging of the human body and subject as the locus of sexuality, posing a profound challenge to the Western (liberal, humanist) understanding of sexuality. Second, we dissolve the traditional mind/matter dualism in social theory (Braidotti, 2013: 4–5), to explore sexuality – and the micropolitics that surround it – from within an ontology that asserts a central role for matter (Coole and Frost, 2010: 19).
To explore sexuality from a materialist perspective, we ...