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  • Copyright: 2011-11-28
  • Publisher: Duke Univ Pr
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Deviationsis the definitive collection of writing by Gayle S. Rubin, a pioneering theorist and activist in feminism, lesbian and gay studies, queer activism, and sexuality studies since the 1970s. Rubin first rose to prominence in 1975, with the publication of “The Traffic in Women,” an essay that had a galvanizing effect on feminist thinking and became a foundational text for queer theory. Her status as a significant feminist and queer theorist was cemented in 1984, with “Thinking Sex,” an examination of how certain sexual behaviors are constructed as moral or natural, and others as unnatural. Along with such canonical pieces of Rubin’s writing, Deviationsfeatures less-known but equally insightful pieces, including her reflections on lesbian history, lesbian gender, the feminist antipornography movement, the feminist sex wars, the politics of sadomasochism, crusades against prostitution, and the historical development of sexual knowledge. In the introduction, Rubin traces her personal and intellectual evolution and discusses the development and reception of some of her most influential essays. Like the book it opens, the introduction highlights the major lines of inquiry pursued for nearly forty years by a singularly important theorist of sex, gender, and culture.

Author Biography

Gayle S. Rubin is Associate Professor of Anthropology, Women's Studies, and Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Sex, Gender, Politics
The Traffic in Womenp. 33
Notes on the "Political Economy" of Sex
The Trouble with Traffickingp. 66
Afterthoughts on "The Traffic in Women"
Introduction to A Woman Appeared to Mep. 87
The Leather Menacep. 109
Comments on Politics and s/m
Thinking Sexp. 137
Notes for a Radical Theory of the Politics of Sexuality
Afterword to "Thinking Sex: Notes for a Radical Theory of the Politics of Sexuality"p. 182
Postscript to "Thinking Sex: Notes for a Radical Theory of the Politics of Sexuality"p. 190
Blood under the Bridgep. 194
Reflections on "Thinking Sex"
The Catacombsp. 224
A Temple of the Butthole
Of Catamites and Kingsp. 241
Reflections on Butch, Gender, and Boundaries
Misguided, Dangerous, and Wrongp. 254
An Analysis of Antipornography Politics
Sexual Trafficp. 276
Interview with Gayle Rubin by Judith Butler
p. 310
Excavating the Ethnography of Gay Communities in Urban North America
Geologies of Queer Studiesp. 347
It's Dj Vu All Over Again
Notesp. 357
Bibliographyp. 425
Indexp. 469
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