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Culture, Sex and Sexualities

Culture, Sex and Sexualities

Culture, sex and sexualities

‘Sex is one of the nine great mysteries of life. The other eight are unimportant’. (Henry Miller)

Is sex an art or a science or a technology? As objects of study, sex and sexuality have been distinctively theorized as a science with a systematic set of normative truths, as a technology that produces subjects, and as an ars erotica, whereby truth is derived from pleasure. In this chapter we will discuss the implications for cultural analysis of these ways of seeing sex and sexuality, as well as the antagonisms between science and the social sciences that have attended studies of sexuality. We will then use a small case study of girls talking about sex to further investigate what sex ...

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