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Stuck among postsexual revolution celebrations of development and alarmingly regressive new modes of disempowerment, the 40 ladies interviewed in Performing Sex provide a candid and provocative portrait of liberated intercourse in the US.

Through this nuanced and intricate examine, Breanne Fahs demonstrates that regardless of the consistent cooptation of the phrases of sexual freedom, women's sexual subjectivities and the methods they always grapple with moving definitions of liberation symbolize provocative areas for severe inquiry and private discovery, eventually producing novel methods of imagining and reimagining energy, excitement, and resistance."

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Performing Sex: The Making and Unmaking of Women's Erotic Lives

Stuck among postsexual revolution celebrations of development and alarmingly regressive new modes of disempowerment, the 40 ladies interviewed in appearing intercourse supply a candid and provocative portrait of liberated intercourse in the United States.

Through this nuanced and intricate learn, Breanne Fahs demonstrates that regardless of the consistent cooptation of the phrases of sexual freedom, women's sexual subjectivities and the methods they consistently grapple with transferring definitions of liberation characterize provocative areas for serious inquiry and private discovery, eventually producing novel methods of imagining and reimagining strength, excitement, and resistance. "

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Given these constraints and contradictions, this book considers the question of how women negotiate the terms of their sexuality in a culture that simultaneously advocates for their empowerment and disempowerment. Women’s performances of sex—and their internalization of the social scripts that dictate those performances—represent one of the major ways to trace the continued iteration of sexism, male dominance, hegemonic notions of gender, and lopsided power relations. (One can imagine, too, that similar research about men’s performances could yield compelling information about how men face similar and different challenges in their sexualities).

10 Further, psychoanalysts Edward Hitschmann and Edmund Bergler (both trained by Freud) held “the absence of vaginal orgasm” solely responsible for the condition of frigidity, insisting that vaginal orgasm correlated with a reduction in “neurotic” tendencies (Buhle, 1998). To perform as a real woman, they felt, one must orgasm vaginally. Feminists fought vehemently against these claims, arguing instead that clitoral stimulation should be recognized as itself a positive and relevant experience for women.

Importantly, if such a transfer was not complete, “she ran the risk of suffering from such psychological problems as penis envy, hostility toward men, hysteria, and neurotic discomfort” (Gerhard, 2000, p. 453). 10 Further, psychoanalysts Edward Hitschmann and Edmund Bergler (both trained by Freud) held “the absence of vaginal orgasm” solely responsible for the condition of frigidity, insisting that vaginal orgasm correlated with a reduction in “neurotic” tendencies (Buhle, 1998). To perform as a real woman, they felt, one must orgasm vaginally.

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