Reviewing “Asexualities: Feminist and Queer Perspectives” – Masterpost

So, after saying I would do it for months and never actually getting around to it, I really wanted to start posting some summaries/reviews/comments for some of the chapters in the “Asexuality: Feminist and Queer Perspectives” anthology, especially because it’s price tag makes it so inaccessible to most bloggers and even many students of asexuality.

But before I start: does anyone have any requests for which chapters they want to hear about first?

The full table of contents is below:


Part 1: Theorizing Asexuality: New Orientations

  • Mismeasures of asexual desires / Jacinthe Flore
  • Inhibition, lack of excitation, or suppression: fMRI pilot of asexuality / Nicole Prause and Carla Harenski
  • “There’s no such thing as a sexual relationship”: Asexuality’s Sinthomatics / Kristian Kahn

Part 2: The politics of asexuality

  • Radical identity politics: asexuality and contemporary articulations of identity / Erica Chu
  • Stunted growth: asexual politics and the rhetoric of sexual literature / Megan Milks
  • On the racialization of asexuality / Ianna Hawkins Owen

Part 3: Visualizing Asexuality in Media Culture

  • Spectacular asexuals: media visibility and cultural fetish / Karli June Cerankowski
  • Aliens and asexuality: media representation, queerness, and asexual visibility / Sarah E.S. Sinwell [Summary] [Review coming soon]
  • Compulsory sexuality and asexual/crip resistance in John Cameron Mitchell’s Shortbus / Cynthia Barounis

Part 4: Asexuality and Masculinity

  • “Why didn’t you tell me that I love you?”: asexuality, polymorphous perversity, and the liberation of the cinematic clown / Andrew Grossman
  • Masculine doubt and sexual wonder: asexual-identified men talk about their (a)sexualities / Ela Przybylo

Part 5: Health, Disability, and Medicalization

  • Asexualities and disabilities in constructing sexual normalcy / Einjung Kim
  • Asexuality and disability: mutual negation in Adams v. Rice and new directions for coalition building / Kristina Gupta
  • Deferred desire: the asexuality of chronic genital pain / Christine Labuski

Part 6: Reading Asexually: Asexual Literary Theory

  • “What to call that sport, the neuter human…”: asexual subjectivity in Keri Hulme’s The bone people / Jana Fedtke
  • Toward an asexual narrative structure / Elizabeth Hanna Hanson.

15 thoughts on “Reviewing “Asexualities: Feminist and Queer Perspectives” – Masterpost

  1. Inhibition, lack of excitation or suppression

    All of the essays in Part 2: The Politics of Asexuality.

    Aliens and asexuality

    Asexualities and disabilities in constructing sexual normalcy
    Asexuality and disability: mutual negation in Adams v. Rice

  2. Like I said before, anything and everything in this book will be so fascinating to read your review of. All of what Laura wants seem like extra important sections to consider. ;)

    But um, I agree that “Inhibition, lack of excitation or suppression” from part 1 would be especially fascinating too, that part immediately caught my eye as maybe personally applicable to me. :P Depending on what it ends up being about.

  3. I agree with luvtheheaven: every single article sounds fascinating to know more about. I’m especially interested in all these intersectional themes! the articles on racialisation, disability & health, masculinity, sound really interesting.

    Another idea of where to start is to pick the chapters on asexuality in media/fiction (part 3 and part 6) because that’s this month’s carnival of aces theme.

  4. I would just really like to know if there is mention of demisexuals and gray asexuals, and if so, what they say about them. One of my great fears is that as asexual stuff moves forward, demis and grays will get left behind.

    • I think that is a valid fear, Demi Gray. I’m curious to find out too if you guys are mentioned in the anthology.

      And I will try my best to do my part in not letting you guys be forgotten or left behind.

      • I’ll definitely keep an eye out and mention anything about Demis and Gray-A’s that I see! If I recall correctly, I think there was at least one mention at some point (which admittedly isn’t much), but I’ll have to look and see. I will say though that many of these articles probably won’t mention demisexuality or grey-asexuality by name, because many of them engage in the annoying habit that queer studies has of “troubling” definitions, a.k.a ignoring the actual discourse or definitions used by an identity group and making up their own [often innacurate and unrelated] definitions instead.

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