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.

Asexuality as an Epistemological Lens: An Evolving Multi-Layered Approach1

Asexuality as an Epistemological Lens: An Evolving Multi-Layered Approach1

Asexuality as an epistemological lens: an evolving multi-layered approach
Rita Alcaire

Early Scientific References

Most of the existing literature on asexuality stems from the Anglo-American context. The first scientific reference directly focused on asexuality, as we understand it today, is Myra T. Johnson's chapter Asexual and Autoerotic Women: Two Invisible Groups (1977). In this text, based on data from letters to the editor in women's magazines in the 1970s, Johnson (1977: 104) argues that asexual women ‘have been oppressed by a societal consensus that says that they, as free and unique individuals, do not exist', thus echoing the claims emerging from the modern asexuality movement. Johnson also traces the different roles that asexual ...

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