n Gender Questions - Asexualities: Feminist and queer perspectives, Karli June Cerankowski and Megan Milks (Eds.) : book review

Volume 2, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2309-9704



'What is so radical about not having sex?' This is the opening question posed by the editors in their introduction to this collection of essays. explores the political, personal, social and cultural discourses that circulate around persons who have little or no desire for sex. Significantly, the contributors argue, this is different from those persons who choose to remain celibate (despite their desire) for moral, religious or other reasons. The book resists the pervasive pathologisation of such persons and instead tends to mobilise asexuality as a sexual orientation and collective political identity. This is similar, in many respects, to the advances made by same-sex activists over the past four decades. The contributors are similarly sceptical of arguments that locate non-normative (a)sexualities as disorders in need of psychiatric intervention.

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