Sexualities and Communication in Everyday Life: A Reader

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Karen E. Lovaas, Mercilee M. Jenkins
SAGE, 2007 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 327 pages
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Sexualities and Communication in Everyday Life: A Reader is a groundbreaking anthology on the role of communication in the construction and performance of sexualities in interpersonal contexts and in public discourses. Editors Karen E. Lovaas and Mercilee M. Jenkins bring together an interdisciplinary collection which include excerpts from foundational works, recent journal articles, and original pieces written specifically for this text.
 

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Contents

Setting the Stage
1
FOUNDATIONS FOR THINKING ABOUT SEXUALITIES AND COMMUNICATION
19
The Invention of Heterosexuality The Debut of the Heterosexual
21
Necessary Fictions Sexual Identities and the Politics of Diversity
41
On Judith Butler and Performativity
55
Quare Studies or Almost Everything I Know About Queer Studies I Learned From My Grandmother Part I
69
The Uses of the Erotic The Erotic as Power
87
PERFORMING AND DISCIPLINING SEXUALITIES IN INTERPERSONAL CONTEXTS
93
Performing a Rhetoric of Science Dr Lauras Portrayal of Homosexuality
181
Disciplining the Transgendered Brandon Teena Public Representation and Normativity
195
Ah Yes I Remember It Well Memory and Queer Culture in Will and Grace
217
Living in the Middle Performances BiMen
233
Holly Kowalski Sex Across the Curriculum
243
Queering the Sacred Body Politic Considering the Performative Cultural Politics of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence
247
TRANSFORMING SEXUALITIES AND COMMUNICATION
263
The Spirituality of Sex and the Sexuality of the Spirit BDSM Erotic Play as Soulwork and Social Critique
265

Language Socialization and Silence in Gay Adolescence
95
Having a Girlfriend Without Knowing It Intimate Friendships Among Adolescent SexualMinority Women
107
Accounts of Sexual Identity Formation in Heterosexual Students
117
M Dragonfly TwoSpirit and the Tafoya Principle of Uncertainty
129
Migrancy and Homodesire
137
Performing I Do Weddings Pornography and Sex
145
A Critical Appraisal of Assimilationist and Radical Ideologies Underlying SameSex Marriage in LGBT Communities in the United States
165
PERFORMING AND DISCIPLINING SEXUALITIES IN PUBLIC DISCOURSES
179
Menopause and Desire or 452 Positions on Love
279
Quare Studies or Almost Everything I Know About Queer Studies I Learned From My Grandmother Part II
297
Activism and Identity Through the Word A MixedRace Woman Claims Her Space
301
Making Alliances
307
Index
313
About the Editors
325
List of Contributors
327
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Karen Lovaas (Ph.D. in American Studies, University of Hawaii) is Assistant Professor of Speech and Communication Studies at San Francisco State University. Recent publications underscore her interest in sexualities, gender, communication, and pedagogy. The contested terrain of LGBT studies and queer theory, with John Elia and Gust Yep, is in press; it is a follow-up volume to Queer theory and communication: From disciplining queers to queering the discipline(s) (Harrington Park Press, 2003). She authored encyclopedia entries on “gender roles” and “sexism” for The international encyclopedia of [homo] sexualities, education, and cultures (2005), and glossary entries on “cross-dressing,” “free love,” “liberation,” and “sexual assault” for Sexuality: The essential glossary (2004). “A critical appraisal of assimilationist and radical ideologies underlying same-sex marriage in LGBT communities in the United States” (2003), with Yep and Elia, and “Sexual practices, identification, and the paradoxes of identity in the era of AIDS: The case of ‘riding bareback’” (2002), Yep and Alex Pagonis, were published in Journal of Homosexuality. With former undergraduate students Lina Baroudi and S. Collins, Lovaas wrote “Transcending heteronormativity in the classroom: Using queer and critical pedagogies to alleviate trans-anxieties” for the Journal of Lesbian Studies (2002); it was simultaneously published in Addressing homophobia and heterosexism on college campuses (Haworth Press, 2003). “Communication in ‘Asian American’ families with queer members: A relational dialectics perspective,” with Yep and Philip Ho, appears in Queer families, queer politics: Challenging culture and the state (Columbia University Press, 2001). Her ongoing projects utilize critical, queer, and feminist approaches to communication research and pedagogy.

Mercilee Jenkins (Ph. D in Speech Communication, University of Illinois) is a professor in the Department of Speech & Communication Studies at San Francisco State University. Her publications include her solo performance texts, poetry, and scholarly articles on women’s small group communication, the performance of personal narratives, and communication in the college classroom. She was an Associate Editor for Queer Words, Queer Images edited by R. Jeffrey Ringer. Her ethnographic research on gender, sexuality and relationships has resulted in several produced plays, including A Credit to Her Country, based on the oral histories of lesbian in the U. S. military and She Rises Like a Building to the Sky, about the founding of the San Francisco Women's Building. She received two Horizon Foundation grants for Credit and a San Francisco Arts Commission Cultural Equity Grant for the development of She Rises.  Her solo performance piece, Menopause and Desire, premiered at the San Francisco Fringe Festival in September 2002 and was published in its entirety in Text and Performance Quarterly in July 2005. Dr. Jenkins received the Leslie Irene Coger Award for Distinguished Performance from the National Communication Association in 2004.

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