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Sexuality and sexual politics have been much debated over the last 20 years and feminists, in particular, have been responsible for politicising the debate, pointing out how something which is usually regarded as private and personal is, in fact, a public and political issue. This text illustrates the diversity and excitement of debates about sexuality in women's studies and feminism today, and points to new paths for feminist analysis, thinking and action. In particular, heterosexuality can no longer be taken for granted and must, along with other forms of sexuality, be explicitly addressed. The volume is divided into three sections: "Analysing (Hetero)sexuality" is concerned with exploring some of the complexities of the material aspects of sexual relations between men and women; "Media Discourses of Sexuality" contains analyses derived from women's magazines, television and newspapers; and "Practising Sexual Politics" focuses on the reflexive awareness of sexual politics in the framing of methodological issues in research.
Part 1 Analysing (Hetero)sexuality: Gender and heterosexuality: A Materialist Feminist Analysis; Back to Basics: Heterosexuality, Biology and Why Men Stay on Top; British Sex Tourists in Thailand; Prostitution: Problematising the Definition. Part 2 Media Discourses of Sexuality: "Freedom From" or "Freedom to"...? Contemporary Identities in Women's Magazines; Hetero-sensibilities on the "Oprah Winfrey Show"; "Women Warriors" - Representations of Women Soldiers in British Daily Newspaper Photographs of the Gulf War. Part 3 Practising Sexual Politics: Writing Women's Friendship: An Intimate Experience?; Journeying with Jeanette: Transgressive Travels in Winterson's Fiction; Lesbian Studies: An Opportunity Not to be Missed; The Micropolitics of Women's Studies: Feminism and Organisational Change in the Academy; Self Preservation: Feminist Activism and Feminist Jurisprudence.
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