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Asexuality and the feminist politics of ‘not doing it’

  • Author / Creator
    Przybylo, Elzbieta
  • 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.’

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  • Graduation date
    2011-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Arts
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3RB04
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • English and Film Studies and Women’s Studies
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Michelle Meagher (Women's Studies)
    • Heather Zwicker (English and Film Studies)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Natasha Hurley (English and Film Studies)
    • Robyn Braun (Sociology and Science, Technology, & Society)
    • Lise Gotell (Women's Studies)