The blossoming of sexual subcultures in the last hundred years has seen the development of a vast new sexual terminology. And as academic research has grasped the challenge of understanding sexuality in the modern world, it has generated its own analytical vocabulary to accompany it. For readers uncertain about some or all of this field, or who want precise definitions of contested terms, A 'Sexuality: The Essential Glossary A' guides its reader through this maze. The glossary covers: key academic concepts - including performance, heteropatriarchy, scripting, and male lesbians. the central debates in sexual politics - including pornography, bisexuality, and the Aids crisis. an analysis of everyday sexual culture - including honeymoon, sex manuals, date rape, cosmetic surgery. slang from a range of sexual subcultures - from daisy chain and switch to lesbian boy and heteroflexible. Glossary entries give the necessary background to understand the key political and academic debates around each term, including selected references and suggested further reading.
This book offers clear and thoughtful explanations for the curious enquirer and the new student, while also offering suggestive lines of thought for postgraduates, academics, and activists established in the field.