Sex and Leisure : Promiscuous Perspectives book cover
1st Edition

Sex and Leisure
Promiscuous Perspectives

ISBN 9780367651299
Published August 1, 2022 by Routledge
208 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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


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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.