Corpus ID: 149385328

It’s not just about sex: Asexual identity and intimate relationship practices

  title={It’s not just about sex: Asexual identity and intimate relationship practices},
  author={D. Maxwell},
Queer and feminist scholars frequently claim that non-heteronormative sexualities, like asexuality, challenge heteronormative practices within intimate relationships. They argue that these sexualities lead to the emergence of new intimate practice and have the potential to revolutionise what is understood as the sexual “public story”—one in which a sexual assumption is repeatedly performed and an absence is culturally denied, sometimes to the point of pathologisation (Carrigan, 2011; Przybylo… Expand

Figures and Tables from this paper


New Orientations: Asexuality and Its Implications for Theory and Practice
Feminist studies, women's studies, gender studies, sexuality studies, gay and lesbian studies, queer studies, transgender studies . . . asexuality studies? Although asexuality may not necessarilyExpand
Asexuality: from pathology to identity and beyond
This article draws attention to the constitutive mechanisms of asexual identity. It identifies a shift in expert discourse: a move away from pathology towards recognition of asexual identity. WhileExpand
Radical refusals: On the anarchist politics of women choosing asexuality
This article examines how women consciously choosing asexuality might inform both radical feminist politics and anarchic concepts of positive and negative liberty. By resituating some of theExpand
Coming to an Asexual Identity: Negotiating Identity, Negotiating Desire
Several distinct aspects of a sexual identities are described: the meanings of sexual, and therefore, asexual behaviors, essentialist characterizations of asexuality, and lastly, interest in romance as a distinct dimension of sexuality. Expand
Polyamorous Women, Sexual Subjectivity and Power
This article explores polyamorous women’s potential to enlarge the concept of sexual subjectivity through their engagement in nontraditional relationships and their attempts to reject sexualExpand
Asexuality in disability narratives
This essay explores normative regulations of disabled people’s sexuality and its relationship with asexuality through narratives of disabled individuals. While asexuality has been persistentlyExpand
Afterword: some thoughts on asexuality as an interdisciplinary method
In this short afterword, Ela Przybylo reflects on prevailing trends within asexuality studies, suggesting that consistent features are emerging within an otherwise diverse interdisciplinary field. ItExpand
Negotiating the Boundaries of Intimacy: The Personal Lives of Asexual People
This paper uses findings from research diaries to explore the use of practices of intimacy among asexual people. While much of the literature to date has focused on the supposedly transformative andExpand
Polyamory and its ‘Others’: Contesting the Terms of Non-Monogamy
Drawing on qualitative in-depth interviews with bisexual-identified practitioners of polyamory in the UK, this article shows that love, intimacy and friendship are salient themes in polyamoryExpand
Gender and erotic plasticity: sociocultural influences on the sex drive
The Sexual Revolution of the 1960s and 1970s produced sweeping, far-reaching, fundamental changes in sexual behaviours, sexual desires, and sexual attitudes. Or did it? On closer inspection, manyExpand