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Duke University Press, 2013 - Social Science - 251 pages
For all its vaunted attention to sexuality, queer theory has had relatively little to say about sex, the material and psychic practices through which erotic gratification is sought. In Orgasmology, Annamarie Jagose takes orgasm as her queer scholarly object. From simultaneous to fake orgasms, from medical imaging to pornographic visualization, from impersonal sexual publics to domestic erotic intimacies, Jagose traces the career of orgasm across the twentieth century.

Along the way, she examines marriage manuals of the 1920s and 1930s, designed to teach heterosexual couples how to achieve simultaneous orgasms; provides a queer reading of behavioral modification practices of the 1960s and 1970s, aimed at transforming gay men into heterosexuals; and demonstrates how representations of orgasm have shaped ideas about sexuality and sexual identity.

A confident and often counterintuitive engagement with feminist and queer traditions of critical thought, Orgasmology affords fresh perspectives on not just sex, sexual orientation, and histories of sexuality, but also agency, ethics, intimacy, modernity, selfhood, and sociality. As modern subjects, we presume we already know everything there is to know about orgasm. This elegantly argued book suggests that orgasm still has plenty to teach us.


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The author has cited the Coital Alignment Technique (CAT) which was featured in Cosmopolitan Magazine as "The New Intercourse." That breakthrough research has made it possible for women to climax from intercourse, and facilitates simultaneous orgasm. But, as Jagose noted, the CAT research has not yet changed the experience of heterosexuals - as might be expected. In fact, the CAT research has met every criterion of scientific method -- but psychiatrists continue to ignore the CAT research because they are in the pay of the pharmaceutical industrial complex and do not want a natural cure for the problem of female coital anorgasmia. 


Orgasm and the Long Twentieth Century
About Time Simultaneous Orgasm and Sexual Normalcy
Straight Woman Gay Man Orgasm and the Double Bind of Modern Sex
Behaviorisms Queer Trace Sexuality and Orgasmic Reconditioning
Face Off Artistic and MedicoSexological Visualizations of Orgasm
Counterfeit Pleasures Fake Orgasm and Queer Agency
Orgasms End
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Annamarie Jagose is the author of Inconsequence: Lesbian Representation and the Logic of Sexual Sequence and of Queer Theory: An Introduction.

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