Deviations: A Gayle Rubin Reader

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Duke University Press, Nov 28, 2011 - Social Science - 484 pages
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Deviations is the definitive collection of writing by Gayle S. Rubin, a pioneering theorist and activist in feminist, lesbian and gay, queer, and sexuality studies since the 1970s. Rubin first rose to prominence in 1975 with the publication of “The Traffic in Women,” an essay that had a galvanizing effect on feminist thinking and theory. In another landmark piece, “Thinking Sex,” she examined how certain sexual behaviors are constructed as moral or natural, and others as unnatural. That essay became one of queer theory’s foundational texts. Along with such canonical work, Deviations features less well-known but equally insightful writing on subjects such as lesbian history, the feminist sex wars, the politics of sadomasochism, crusades against prostitution and pornography, and the historical development of sexual knowledge. In the introduction, Rubin traces her intellectual trajectory and discusses the development and reception of some of her most influential essays. Like the book it opens, the introduction highlights the major lines of inquiry pursued for nearly forty years by a singularly important theorist of sex, gender, and culture.
  

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Simply exceptional. Anyone interested in gender from any discipline should read it. I read this as part of my Masters course in criminal law, and it was both invaluable and truly changed my life. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
1 The Traffic in Women
33
2 The Trouble with Trafficking
66
3 Introduction to A Woman Appeared to Me
87
4 The Leather Menace
109
5 Thinking Sex
137
Notes for a Radical Theory of the Politics of Sexuality
182
Notes for a Radical Theory of the Politics of Sexuality
190
10 Of Catamites and Kings
241
11 Misguided Dangerous and Wrong
254
12 Sexual Traffic
276
13 Studying Sexual Subcultures
310
14 Geologies of Queer Studies
347
Notes
357
Bibliography
425
Index
469

8 Blood under the Bridge
194
9 The Catacombs
224

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About the author (2011)

Gayle S. Rubin is Associate Professor of Anthropology, Women's Studies, and Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan.

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