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Sexercising to orgasm: Embodied pedagogy and sexual labour in women’s magazines

Frith, Hannah (2015) Sexercising to orgasm: Embodied pedagogy and sexual labour in women’s magazines Sexualities, 18 (3). pp. 310-328.

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Abstract

Positioned as the ‘peak’ of sexual experience, orgasm is packed with sociocultural meaning. Exploring the construction of orgasm in Cosmopolitan magazine in the context of the shift towards a postfeminist sexuality and the neoliberal shift towards the rational management of sex as work, this article argues that magazines offer a ‘pedagogy of the body’ by teaching women to: (1) become aware of how to touch their body; (2) strengthen muscles and master bodily responses; (3) position the body and understand how male and female bodies fit together, and (4) instruct men in how to interact with female bodies. Postfeminist, neoliberal and pedagogical discourses merge to offer explicit instruction in how to develop a ‘technology of sexiness’ by training the body to ensure orgasmic success

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Frith, Hannahh.frith@surrey.ac.uk
Date : 5 May 2015
DOI : 10.1177/1363460714550912
Copyright Disclaimer : C The Author(s) 2015
Depositing User : James Marshall
Date Deposited : 05 Jun 2020 10:45
Last Modified : 05 Jun 2020 10:45
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/857085

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