This two-volume Handbook provides a major thematic overview of global sexualities, spanning each of the continents, and its study, which is both reflective and prospective, and includes traditional approaches and emerging themes. The Handbook offers a robust theoretical underpinning and critical outlook on current global, glocal, and 'new' sexualities and practices, whilst offering an extensive reflection on current challenges and future directions of the field. The broad coverage of topics engages with a range of theories, and maintains a multi-disciplinary framework. PART ONE: Understanding Sexuality: Epistemologies/Conceptual and Methodological Challenges; PART TWO: Enforcing and Challenging Sexual Norms; PART THREE: Interrogating/Undoing Sexual Categories; PART FOUR: Enhancement Practices and Sexual Markets/Industries; PART FIVE: Sexual Rights and Citizenship (And the Governance of Sexuality); PART SIX: Sexuality and Social Movements; and PART SEVEN: Language and Cultural Representation.

‘Virility Medicines’ and Changing Sexualities in Precarious Transformations in West Papua

‘Virility Medicines’ and Changing Sexualities in Precarious Transformations in West Papua

‘Virility medicines’ and changing sexualities in precarious transformations in West Papua
Diana Teresa Pakasi


In this chapter, I want to present the use of ‘virility medicines’ among young men in West Papua1 and how it informs the rapid changing sexualities in the region. ‘Virility medicine', or obat kuat in West Papuan and Indonesian vernacular, is a term used to refer to a wide range of substances or products to enhance the penis and sexual performance. The practice of enhancing sex and the penis in Melanesia has a long history. The practice of enlarging and modifying the penis was previously well known in Melanesian societies and was part of ...

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