'I went to bed with my own kind once': The erasure of desire in the name of identity

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Abstract

This paper explores how some individuals' talk about sexual desire is rendered as incomprehensible when those desires are not easily talked about through categories of sexual identity. Using data from an 'alternative lifestyles' support group in New York City, I argue that paying attention to expressions of desire is vital for understanding what 'sexuality' has come to mean in contemporary theoretical accounts. Moreover, such an approach enables a critical view of both the political systems which underpin sexual identity as well as the relationships among language, gender, sexuality, and desire.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)123-138
Number of pages16
JournalLanguage and Communication
Volume23
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2003
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Desire
  • Gender
  • Identity
  • Politics
  • Sexuality
  • Transgender

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