Erotic Welfare: Sexual Theory and Politics in the Age of Epidemic

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Psychology Press, 1993 - Philosophy - 210 pages
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The emergence of AIDS in contemporary culture has not only produced a vast discourse about the disease but has provoked an anxious proliferation of sites of erotic danger. In Erotic Welfare, Linda Singer argues that we are currently living in an age of epidemic, fuelled by a panic logic in which the very discourses on various social problems proliferate according to a logic of contagion. It is not merely that AIDS has come into contemporary discourse as a contagious disease, but that contemporary discourse on sexuality has itself come to replicate the course of contagion. For Singer, the epidemic has become essential to the epistemic field within contemporary culture, so that teenage pregnancy, drug addiction, prostitution, are all figured as social diseases whose spread calls to be checked. Contagion has become a major figure in social relationships which appear only tangentially related to AIDS. Singer traces the effects of epidemic on the intensification and augmentation of regulatory mechanisms for the control of sexuality. She lays out the ways in which epidemic logic and heightened regulation affect women's efforts to secure reproductive freedom.
 

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Contents

Editors Introduction
1
Erotic Welfare
17
Authors Introduction
19
Sex and the Logic of Late Capitalism
34
Disciplining Pleasures
62
Regulating Women in the Age of Sexual Epidemic
83
Reproductive Regulations in the Age of Sexual Epidemic
88
Hospitalization and AIDS
100
BodiesPleasuresPowers
113
Rereading Beauvoir
131
Cixous and Foucault on Sexuality and Power
145
Feminist Rereading and Textual Politics
163
Repression AntiSex and the New Film
177
Feminism and Postmodernism
187
Other Works by the Author
199
Works Cited in Part I
201

Selected Writings
109
Editors Introduction
111

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