Women, Sex, and Madness: Notes from the Edge

Author(s) : Breanne Fahs

Women, Sex, and Madness: Notes from the Edge

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : August 2019
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 240
  • Category :
    Culture and Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 94493
  • ISBN 13 : 9781138614086
  • ISBN 10 : 9781138614
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Covering a wide variety of subjects and points of inquiry on women's sexuality, from genital anxieties about pubic hair to constructions of the body in the therapy room, this book offers a ground-breaking examination of women, sex, and madness, drawing from psychology, gender and sexuality studies, and cultural studies. Breanne Fahs argues that women's sexuality embodies a permanent state of tension between cultural impulses of destruction and selfishness contrasted with the fundamental possibilities of subversiveness and joy. Emphasizing cultural, social, and personal narratives about sexuality, Fahs asks readers to imagine sex, bodies, and madness as intertwined, and to see these narratives as fluid, contested, and changing. With topics as diverse as anarchist visions of sexual freedom, sexualized emotion work, lesbian haunted houses, and the insidious workings of capitalism, Fahs conceptualizes sexuality as a force of regressive moral panics and profound inequalities-deployed in both blatant and more subtle ways onto the body-while also finding hope and resistance in the possibilities of sexuality. By integrating clinical case studies, cultural studies, qualitative interviews, and original essays, Fahs offers a provocative new vision for sexuality that fuses together social anxieties and cultural madness through a critical feminist psychological approach. Fahs offers an original and accessible volume for students and academics in psychology, gender and sexuality studies, and cultural studies.

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