Virginity for Sale: A Foucauldian Moment in the History of Sexuality

  title={Virginity for Sale: A Foucauldian Moment in the History of Sexuality},
  author={Jennifer C. Dunn and Tennley A. Vik},
  journal={Sexuality \& Culture},
Natalie Dylan attempted to auction her virginity through the website of a legal Nevada brothel. Public discourses surrounding Dylan’s auction have characterized it as everything from a smart business transaction to the sale of her self-respect. Using a theoretical frame from Foucault, methods of textual construction, and rhetorical methods of analysis guided by cluster criticism, our paper explores how online discourses surrounding the auction enact problematics concerning the concepts of… 
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