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Radical Sex Between Men

Assembling Desiring-Machines, 1st Edition

Edited by Dave Holmes, Stuart J. Murray, Thomas Foth


220 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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Bringing together theory and public health practice, this interdisciplinary collection analyses three forms of nonconventional or radical sexualities: bareback sex, BDSM practices, and public sex. Drawing together the latest empirical research from Brazil, Canada, Spain, and the USA, it mobilizes queer theory and poststructuralism, engaging the work of theorists such as Bataille, Butler, Deleuze and Guattari, and Foucault, among others. While the collection contributes to current research in gender and sexuality studies, it does so distinctly in the context of empirical investigations and discourses on critical public health. Radical Sex Between Men: Assembling Desiring-Machineswill be of interest to advanced undergraduate students, postgraduate students, and researchers in gender and sexuality studies, sexology, social work, anthropology, and sociology, as well as practitioners in nursing, medicine, allied health professions, and psychology.


'Mid-century ethnographers mapping the ‘deviant’, exotic, gay subcultures such as cruising, the baths and ‘tearoom’, could not have anticipated the civil liberties discourses that increasingly focused on the person and identities. However, the body and some sexual praxes retain a ‘radical’, transgressive seditious otherness. These sophisticated essays draw on post-structuralism, queer theory and other theoretical perspectives to provide a timely, nuanced interdisciplinary re-imagining of power and resistance of erotic bodily practices in contemporary discursive formations of ‘rad’ sex.' – Professor Anthony Pryce-Curling, University of Greenwich, UK

'Theoretically and empirically rich this fascinating book breaks through limiting discourse to reveal new vistas on sexuality for all. Astonishing.' - Dr Helen Lees, York St John University, UK

Table of Contents


[Winston Gieseke]

Introduction: RadSex in Theory and in Practice

[Stuart J. Murray, Dave Holmes, and Thomas Foth]

Part I: Bareback Sex

1. Brothers-in-Cum: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Barebacking Rhetoric

[Dave Holmes, Chad Hammond, and Mathieu Mercier]

2. Mediated Intimacies: Raw Sex, Truvada and the Biopolitics of Chemoprophylaxis

[Tim Dean]

3. "Not Only Macho-fuckers are Barebackers": Challenging Gender Relations among Men who Have Sex with Men

[Angel Gasch]

4. The Anatomy of a Forbidden Desire: Men, Penetration and Semen Exchange

[Dave Holmes and Dan Warner]

PART II: BDSM Practices

5. BDSM, Sexual Subcultures, and the Ethics of Public Health Discourse

[Dave Holmes, Stuart J. Murray, Natasha Knack, Mathieu Mercier, and J. Paul Fedoroff]

6. Degenitalizing the Sexual: BDSM Practices and the Deterriorialization of Bodies

[Dave Holmes, Stuart J. Murray, Natasha Knack, Mathieu Mercier, and J. Paul Fedoroff]

7. Fucking with Fluids and Wet with Desire: Power and Humiliation using Cum, Piss, and Blood

[Jeremy Thomas and DJ Williams]

PART III: Public Sex

8. Transgressive Assemblages: An Ethnography of Gay Group Sex

[Dave Holmes, Patrick O’Byrne, Stuart J Murray, Chad Hammond, and Mathieu Mercier]

9. Faceless Sex: Glory Holes and Sexual Assemblages

[Dave Holmes, Patrick O’Byrne, and Stuart J. Murray]

10. Profiling Postmodern Public Sex: How Grindr Revolutionized the Face of Gay Cruising

[Matthew Numer, Dave Holmes, Phillip Joy, and Ryan Thompson]

11. Secret Desires: Masculinities in the Era of Network Relations

[Luiz Felipe Zago, Larissa Pelucio, and Richard Miskolci]

About the Editors

Dave Holmes is a Professor and University Research Chair in Forensic Nursing at the University of Ottawa, Canada

Stuart J. Murray is a Professor and Canada Research Chair in Rhetoric and Ethics in the Department of English Language and Literature and the Department of Health Sciences at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada

Thomas Foth is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa, Canada

About the Series

Sexualities in Society

Sexualities in Society

Sexualities in Society offers a dedicated and much-needed space for the very best in interdisciplinary research on sex, sexualities, and twenty-first century society. Its contemporary focus, methodological inclusivity, and international scope will provide a distinctive vantage point in terms of surveying the social organization of sexuality. It critically addresses numerous aspects of sex and sexuality, from media representations, to embodied sexual practices, to the sometimes controversial issues surrounding consent, sexual fantasy, and identity politics. It represents a critically rigorous, theoretically informed, and genuinely interdisciplinary attempt to interrogate a complex nexus of ideas regarding the ways in which sexualities inform, and are informed by, the broader sociopolitical contexts in which they emerge.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General