1st Edition

Sex and Leisure Promiscuous Perspectives

Edited By Diana C. Parry, Corey W. Johnson Copyright 2021
    208 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    208 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book uses the emerging and cutting-edge area of leisure research to highlight the importance of sexuality and sexual activity and its relevance to leisure studies. It brings to the fore some complex issues associated with this topic using a range of substantive, epistemological, theoretical and methodological approaches.

    Drawing on international scholarship, the book examines sexuality from multiple, and at times, competing directions, exploring the continuum of sex from work through to carnal pleasure, and across specific sexual practices including BDSM, pornography, stripping, and sex work. Drawing on critical, feminist, queer, and post theoretical perspectives, the book charts a new direction for leisure studies and sex research, including diverse understandings of leisure practice, sex positivity, fringe and deviant sex practices. Critically, the book moves beyond merely establishing sex as a leisure pursuit to focusing on the compelling and complex intersections between sexuality and leisure.

    This is fascinating reading for any student or researcher with an interest in leisure, sexuality, gender, cultural studies or sociology.

    List of Contributors


    Introduction - Let’s Talk About Sex: Promiscuous Perspectives on Sex and Leisure
    Diana C. Parry, Corey W. Johnson, and Jonathan Petrychyn

    Chapter 1 - Reflexivity and Ethical Considerations in Investigating the Links between Sex and Leisure
    Liza Berdychevsky

    Chapter 2 - Playing with Danger: Encouraging Research on BDSM as a Form of Leisure via Reflection and Confession
    D J Williams, Emily E. Prior, and Jeremy N. Thomas

    Chapter 3 - Some Memoirs of a Male Stripper: An Autoethnography of Hegemonic Masculinity and Heteronormativity
    Jordan T. Bakhsh and Corey W. Johnson

    Chapter 4 - Sex, Power, and Controlling Bodies: The Incels and Pickup Artists
    Luc S. Cousineau

    Chapter 5 - "Making myself more desirable": Digital Self-(re)presentation on Geo-social Networking Apps for Men Seeking Men
    Harrison Oakes, Corey W. Johnson, & Diana C. Parry

    Chapter 6 - A Porn of One’s Own: Feminist Complexities with Women’s Consumption of Online Sexually Explicit Materials
    Bronwen L. Valtchanov and Diana C. Parry

    Chapter 7 - Kinky People Need Kinky Events: Kinkster Events and Kink/BDSM Products in Hospitality and Tourism
    Craig Webster

    Chapter 8 - Somewhere Under the Rainbow: Drag at The Showbar
    Gabby Skeldon and Brett Lashua

    Chapter 9 - Sex-on-Wheels: The Leisure Sexscape of Scooter-Ladies
    Aristeidis Gkoumas

    Chapter 10 - In Bed with a Stranger: Doing Research toward a Risky, Reflexive, and Promiscuous Leisure Studies
    Jonathan Petrychyn, Corey W. Johnson, and Diana C. Parry



    Diana C. Parry is a Professor in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies and the Associate Vice-President of Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion at the University of Waterloo, Canada.

    Corey W. Johnson is a Professor in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at the University of Waterloo, Canada.