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Eschewing Sexual Agency: A Gender Subjectivity Approach

Heather Powers Albanesi
Race, Gender & Class
Vol. 16, No. 1/2 (2009), pp. 102-132
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41658863
Page Count: 31
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Abstract

This article argues for the utility of psychoanalytic theory within the sociology of gender for exploring subjective meaning. Using data drawn from indepth interviews of 83 heterosexual young men and women, the author connects the degree to which the subject expresses agency within sexual encounters to their subjective experience of gender—that is, to the specific meaning (including raced and classed meaning) and dominant emotions (conscious and unconscious) that the subject attributes to masculinity and femininity. This article presents an analysis of two cases selected from the larger study representing the subset of subjects that avoid expressing sexual agency.

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