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Language and Sexuality
by Don Kulick
This accessible book looks at how we talk about sex and why we talk about it the way we do. Drawing on examples that range from personal ads to phone sex, sado-masochistic scenes to sexual assault trials, this work provides a clear introduction to the relationship between language and sexuality. Using a broad definition of "sexuality," it encompasses not only issues surrou ...more
Paperback, 194 pages
Published March 6th 2003 by Cambridge University Press
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This is a exceptional book which manages to communicate complex theoretical ideas in interesting and accessible ways. The key strength of the book is the frequent use of detailed examples from linguistic studies to illustrate complex concepts. Some of my favorites: the fake orgasm scene in the diner from When Harry Met Sally becomes an illustration of what discourse is; the transcript of a man’s defense in a sexual assault case reveals the dominant construction of males as active sexual agents a ...more
Don Kulick is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Chicago. His books include Travesti: Sex, Gender, and Culture among Brazilian Transgendered Prostitutes.More about Don Kulick...