Women, Sexuality and the Political Power of Pleasure

ISBN-10: 1780325711

ISBN-13: 9781780325712

Edition: 2013

Authors: Andrea Cornwall, Kate Hawkins, Susie Jolly

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This pioneering collection explores the ways in which women's sexual desires are experienced by them and how this experience effects women's empowerment. It shows that an exploration of pleasure can have a hugely positive impact for women at the personal, social and political levels. Traditional gender and development discourses tend to engage with sexuality in relation to violence and ill-health. Although this has been hugely important in challenging violence against women, over emphasizing these negative aspects has subsumed women's sexualities under violence, danger and fear. The media, the pharmaceutical market, pornography and the market more broadly on the other hand celebrate the pleasures of sex in ways that can be just as oppressive, often implying that only certain types of (young, heterosexual, able-bodied, HIV negative) people are 'eligible' for sexual pleasure. The book brings together challenges to these strictures and exclusions from both south and north of the globe. It demonstrates both conceptually and through examples of mobilisation, programming and policy, how positive approaches to pleasure and sexuality can enhance equality and empowerment for all.
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List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Zed Books, Limited
Publication date: 6/13/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Introduction Women, Sexuality, and the Political Power of Pleasure
Thinking with Pleasure: Danger, Sexuality and Agency
Challenging the Pleasure versus Danger Binary: Reflections on Sexuality Workshops with Rural Women's Rights Activists in North India
Sexual Pleasure as a Woman's Human Right: Experiences from a Human Rights Training Programme for Women in Turkey
Better Sex and More Equal Relationships: Couple Training in Nigeria
Building a Movement for Sexual Rights and Pleasure
Enabling Disabled People to Have and Enjoy the Kind of Sexuality They Want
Desires Denied: Sexual Pleasure in the Context of HIV
Sex is a Gift from God: Paralysis and Potential in Sex Education in Malawi
Why We Need to Think about Sexuality and Sexual Well-Being: Addressing Sexual Violence in Sub-Saharan Africa
Could Watching Porn Increase Our Expectations of (Safe) Pleasure? An Exploration of Some Promising Harm-Reduction Practices
Challenging Clitoraid
How Was It for You? Pleasure and Performance in Sex Work
Eroticism, Sensuality and 'Women's Secrets' among the Baganda
Laughter, the Subversive Body Organ
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