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Who is the "Joy" of Sex Really For?: A Queer Critique of Popular Sex Guides

by Naden, Anna Elizabeth

Creator
  • Naden, Anna Elizabeth
Date Created
2015-05
Date Issued
2015-05
Place
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Language
  • English
Subject
Topic
Genre
  • thesis
Abstract

Using The Guide to Getting It On and The Joy of Sex, this paper explores the ways in which sex guides address queer identities. The arguments presented rely on queer theory, particularly the work of Annamarie Jagose and Eve Sedgewick, to understand queer as an unstable and dynamic category of identity. The paper then turns to The Guide to Getting It On and The Joy of Sex to examine how sex guides uphold hegemonic standards of heterosexuality and whiteness and further marginalize queer identities and people of color, arguing that sex guides cannot account for queer identities and are inherently exclusionary even when they aim to be inclusive.

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The author has given permission for this work to be deposited in the Digital Archive of Colorado College.

Colorado College Honor Code upheld.

Copyright
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Publisher
Colorado College
PID
coccc:11209
Digital Origin
born digital
Extent
26 pages
Thesis
Senior Thesis -- Colorado College
Thesis Advisor
Lewis, Heidi Waters, Tricia
Department/Program
Feminist and Gender Studies
Degree Name
Bachelor of Arts
Degree Type
bachelor
Degree Grantor
Colorado College
Date Issued
2015-05