By Gayle S. Rubin
Deviations is the definitive number of writing via Gayle S. Rubin, a pioneering theorist and activist in feminist, lesbian and homosexual, queer, and sexuality experiences because the Nineteen Seventies. Rubin first rose to prominence in 1975 with the book of “The site visitors in Women,” an essay that had a galvanizing impact on feminist considering and thought. In one other landmark piece, “Thinking Sex,” she tested how definite sexual behaviors are developed as ethical or ordinary, and others as unnatural. That essay turned certainly one of queer theory’s foundational texts. in addition to such canonical paintings, Deviations positive aspects much less famous yet both insightful writing on topics corresponding to lesbian heritage, the feminist intercourse wars, the politics of sadomasochism, crusades opposed to prostitution and pornography, and the ancient improvement of sexual wisdom. within the advent, Rubin lines her highbrow trajectory and discusses the advance and reception of a few of her so much influential essays. just like the e-book it opens, the creation highlights the most important strains of inquiry pursued for almost 40 years by means of a singularly vital theorist of intercourse, gender, and tradition.
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Extra info for Deviations: A Gayle Rubin Reader (a John Hope Franklin Center Book)
I have now lived in San Francisco for over half of my life, except for sporadic visiting positions and seasonal migrations to teach in the frigid Midwest. San Francisco has left indelible imprints on my research projects, political involvements, and personal maturation. Most of the work collected in this volume resulted from research undertaken and experiences encountered in San Francisco. Many forces propelled me to the West Coast. Intellectually, I was shifting from thinking about gender to thinking more about sexuality, from a focus on feminism to lesbian and gay studies, from research on lesbians to research on gay men, and from working in libraries to working in the field.
By then I had concluded that it would be a really bad idea for me to study lesbians. Given the politics and culture of the lesbian community at that time, I decided that some separation between my research and my personal life would be salutary. With gay men, I could study a homosexual population and yet have a social life elsewhere. I was not a lesbian separatist, but since most of my gay career had been spent firmly ensconced in Lesbian Nation, gay men seemed strange and quite fascinating. The gay male leather community was of recent vintage, having only coalesced after the Second World War.
Torn from these relationships, she is no more the helpmate of man than gold in itself is money... and so on. What, then, are these relationships by which a female becomes an oppressed woman? The place to begin to unravel the system of relationships by which women become the prey of men is in the overlapping works of Claude Lévi-Strauss and Sigmund Freud. The domestication of women, under other names, is discussed at length in both of their oeuvres. In reading through these works, one begins to have a sense of a systematic social apparatus which takes up females as raw materials and fashions domesticated women as products.