Language and Sexuality

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 6, 2003 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 176 pages
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This lively and accessible textbook looks at how we talk about sex and why we talk about it the way we do. Drawing on a wide range of examples, from personal ads to phone sex, from sado-masochistic scenes to sexual assault trials, the book provides a clear introduction to the relationship between language and sexuality. Using a broad definition of 'sexuality', the book encompasses not only issues surrounding sexual orientation and identity but also questions about the discursive construction of sexuality and the verbal expression of erotic desire.
 

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Contents

Making connections
1
Talking sex and thinking sex the linguistic and discursive construction of sexuality
15
What has gender got to do with sex? Language heterosexuality and heteronormativity
44
Sexuality as identity gay and lesbian language
74
Looking beyond identity language and desire
106
Language and sexuality theory research and politics
133
Notes
156
Bibliography
163
Index
173
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Deborah Cameron is Professor of Languages at the Institute of Education, University of London. She is the author of numerous books, including Feminism and Linguistic Theory (1992), Verbal Hygiene (1995) and Good to Talk (2000).

Don Kulick is Professor of Anthropology at New York University. His published works include Language Shift and Cultural Reproduction (1992), Taboo (1995, with Margaret Willson) and Travesti (1998). He is co-editor of the journals Ethnos and GLQ.

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