Does orgasm have a history? Queer theorist Annamarie Jagose’s new book attempts to answer this question with a carefully researched journey through the orgasm’s 20th century fortunes, from the the marriage manuals extolling simultaneous orgasm to the vicissitudes of faked orgasm.
Sex and Disability (ed. Robert McRuer and Anna Mollow), Duke University Press, 2012.
Sex and Disability is a fascinating collection of essays bringing together two taboo topics, discussed from a multitude of perspectives. As the editors point out in their introduction, sex and disability are ‘…two terms that are, if not antithetical in the popular imagination, then certainly incongruous.’ Integrating crip theory, queer studies, and related fields, the essays in the text explore a variety of subjects, from cultural attitudes about disabled sexuality to the need for intersectionality in historiography.