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Subject/Keyword
sexuality
feminism
asexuality
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Przybylo, Elzbieta
Supervisor and department
Michelle Meagher (Women's Studies)
Heather Zwicker (English and Film Studies)
Examining committee member and department
Lise Gotell (Women's Studies)
Natasha Hurley (English and Film Studies)
Robyn Braun (Sociology and Science, Technology, & Society)
Department
English and Film Studies and Women’s Studies
Specialization

Date accepted
2011-08-22T16:59:27Z
Graduation date
2011-11
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
This thesis makes a contribution to the burgeoning study of the sexual identity category and sexual orientation of asexuality by arguing for its political valence and feminist potentiality. Offering a feminist reading of scientific texts on asexuality, and revisiting feminist radical texts from the late sixties and early seventies, I make the claim that asexuality is possible and intelligible only in our very specific Western discursive context, a context saturated with the sexual, coital, and heterosexual imperatives. Assessing that asexuality is both limited and enabled by dominant sexual discourses and that asexuality as a sexual orientation has not been discursively available in the past, this thesis suggests that feminist iterations of asexuality contribute key insights to the gendered politics at work behind ‘not doing it.’
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3RB04
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License granted by Elzbieta Przybylo (przybylo@ualberta.ca) on 2011-08-19T07:02:21Z (GMT): Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Libraries to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only. Where the thesis is converted to, or otherwise made available in digital form, the University of Alberta will advise potential users of the thesis of the above terms. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis, and except as herein provided, neither the thesis nor any substantial portion thereof may be printed or otherwise reproduced in any material form whatsoever without the author's prior written permission.
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