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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 â€œThe Traffic in Women,â€ 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 â€œThinking Sex,â€ an examination of how certain sexual behaviors are constructed as moral or natural, and others as unnatural. Along with such canonical pieces of Rubinâ€™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.
Gayle S. Rubin is Associate Professor of Anthropology, Women's Studies, and Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan.
Table of Contents
Sex, Gender, Politics
The Traffic in Women
Notes on the "Political Economy" of Sex
The Trouble with Trafficking
Afterthoughts on "The Traffic in Women"
Introduction to A Woman Appeared to Me
The Leather Menace
Comments on Politics and s/m
Notes for a Radical Theory of the Politics of Sexuality
Afterword to "Thinking Sex: Notes for a Radical Theory of the Politics of Sexuality"
Postscript to "Thinking Sex: Notes for a Radical Theory of the Politics of Sexuality"
Blood under the Bridge
Reflections on "Thinking Sex"
A Temple of the Butthole
Of Catamites and Kings
Reflections on Butch, Gender, and Boundaries
Misguided, Dangerous, and Wrong
An Analysis of Antipornography Politics
Interview with Gayle Rubin by Judith Butler
Excavating the Ethnography of Gay Communities in Urban North America
Geologies of Queer Studies
It's Déjà Vu All Over Again
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