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Consumer Sexualities : Women and Sex Shopping (Hardcover) (Rachel Wood)

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This book explores women’s experiences of shopping in ‘sex shops’ and using sexual commodities in their everyday lives. Drawing on interviews and accompanied shopping trips, it shows how women take up these ‘technologies’ of the self in order to work upon and understand themselves as confident and active sexual agents in postfeminist neoliberal cultures.

Exploring questions about how certain kinds of sexual practices and identities are normalised and regulated for women through consumer culture, and of how sexual consumer culture constructs, reproduces and regulates ideas around the ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ orientations towards sex and sexuality, the author draws the thought of Foucault and de Certau to contend that the ability to embody and perform the appropriate forms of sexual consumption is deeply entangled with ideas around a ‘healthy’ and suitable attitude towards being sexual more broadly.

A rich analysis on the levels of ‘spaces’, ‘bodies’ and ‘objects’ of women’s use of discursive, embodied and everyday strategies in ‘making do’ with the kinds of femininity and female sexuality that sex shop culture represents, Consumer Sexualities: Women and Sex Shopping will appeal to scholars of sociology, cultural studies and gender studies with interests in gender, sexuality and consumption.

Number of Pages: 156
Genre: Social Science
Sub-Genre: Women
Series Title: Sexualities in Society
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Author: Rachel Wood
Language: English
Street Date: August 31, 2017
TCIN: 52198655
UPC: 9781138213821
Item Number (DPCI): 248-43-0981
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