1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Gender, Sexuality and Culture

Edited By Emma Rees Copyright 2023
    476 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    476 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Companion to Gender, Sexuality, and Culture is an intersectional, diverse, and comprehensive collection essential for students and researchers examining the intersection of sexuality and culture.

    The book seeks to reflect established theories while anticipating future developments within gender, sexuality, and cultural studies. A range of international contributors, including leaders in their field, provide insights into dominant and marginalised subjects. Comprising over 30 chapters, the volume is comprised into five thematic parts: Identifying, Embodying, Making, Doing, and Resisting. Topics explored include homonormativity, poetry, video games, menstruation, fatness, disability, sex toys, sex work, BDSM, dating apps, body modifications, and politics and activism.

    This is an important and unique collection aimed at scholars, researchers, activists, and practitioners across cultural studies, gender studies and sociology.


    1. Wendy Chapkis and Hugh English, ‘Destabilising cisgender’
    2. Marie Hendry, ‘Post-heteronormative saturation: what happens after romance’
    3. David En-Griffiths, ‘Class and the sociology of homosexuality’
    4. Jess Cooke, ‘How is gender dysphoria "treated"?: Signposts and hazards on the patient journey’
    5. Marzia Mauriello, ‘Imagined others: Paths of identity, alterity, and exclusion in LGBTQIA+ communities’
    6. Treena Orchard, ‘Virtual sexual identities: Embodied aspirations, tensions, and lessons from the Bumble dating app’
    7. Dora Jandrić, ‘Time, age, and sexuality: The construction of non-normative identities in later life’

    9. Reisa Klein and Dorothy Woodman, ‘When the phallus is a "dick": The cultural/material turn to breasts’
    10. Antara Ghatak, ‘Dismembered nation, dismembered body: Negotiating gender and disability in the Bangladesh Liberation War, 1971’
    11. Kylie Marais, ‘"Women don’t own sexuality": How "coloured" women in Cape Town embody, navigate, and resist sexual shame’
    12. Maša Huzjak, ‘Fat women have bodies (two): The contradictions of fatness’
    13. Bee Hughes, ‘Expanding menstrual normativity: Artistic interventions in the representation of menstruation’

    15. Christina Goestl,Clitoral matter: On the politics of sexual pleasures in Western European cultures’
    16. Andrea García-Santesmases, ‘Crip is the new queer? A feminist analysis of Spanish and activist representations of disability and sexuality’
    17. Francesca Ferrer-Best, ‘Who is "Drunk Me"? Women’s embodiment of drunkenness as a relation to the self’
    18. PART 3: MAKING

    19. Clare McKeown, ‘Male violence and feminine spaces: Bringing men into the picture in campaigns that challenge men’s violence against women and children’
    20. Anna Oleszczuk & Agata Waszkiewicz, ‘Body modifications and the limits of gender identity in video games’
    21. Charlotte Dann, ‘The tattooed feminine body: Considerations for sexuality and British culture’
    22. Aimee Merrydew, ‘Cutting up control: Dismembering heteronormativity in Dodie Bellamy’s feminist experimental poetry’
    23. Şule Akdoğan, ‘Looking back to Pınar Kür’s fiction: Reading the female body as a site of resistance in Turkish literature’
    24. Anna Kurowicka, ‘The ace art of failure: Asexuality and BoJack Horseman
    25. Anna Oleszczuk, ‘Taking a walk on the queer side: Speculative comics (de)constructing queer identity’
    26. PART 4: DOING

    27. Lisa Buchter, ‘Learning consent through Cuddle Parties: Developing prefigurative scripts for new forms of consent-driven intimacy’
    28. Jay Szpilka, ‘Waterboard me real good: Torture, consent and trust in BDSM’
    29. Paul G. Nixon and Cosimo Marco Scarcelli, ‘Coming of age: The alluring development of sex toys’
    30. Michael Montess, ‘The politics of PrEP: Stigma, trust, and solidarity’
    31. Cirus Rinaldi and Marco Bacio, ‘Sex work is (also) a male thing: The long journey towards legitimisation’
    32. Louis van den Hengel, ‘Queer ecologies of love: Ecosexuality and the politics of nonhuman desire’
    33. Gwenola Ricordeau, ‘Sexualities in prison: Rules and behaviours’


    1. Gwyn Easterbrook-Smith, ‘Love what you do (and it’ll become increasingly difficult to agitate for workplace rights): Sex, work, and rejecting the empowerment discourse’
    2. María de las Nieves Puglia, ‘My body, my rights: Sex work, feminism and syndicalism in Argentina’
    3. James F. Anderson, ‘Pornographic provocation in first wave British Punk’
    4. Marta Fanasca, ‘FtM crossdressing in contemporary Japan: The dansō phenomenon as caught between social constraint and the wish for self-expression’
    5. Athanasia Francis, ‘Resisting and healing: Embodied feminist research as a sexual violence survivor’
    6. Rita Basílio Simões and Inês Amaral, ‘Sexuality and self-tracking apps: Reshaping gender relations and sexual and reproductive practices’
    7. Daniel Fountain, ‘On Faggots and Faggoting: Trash-talk and reclaiming the abject through art practice’
    8. Boka En & Michael En, ‘(Un)doing relationships: Boundary-drawing and queer(ing) ways of relating’


    Emma Rees (she/her) is a professor and Director of the Institute of Gender Studies, University of Chester (UK).