Faculty of Social and Human Sciences (UNL) Conference System, 1st Non-Monogamies and Contemporary Intimacies Conference

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Absence of sexual attraction as counter-hegemonic: the politics of asexuality
Rita Alcaire

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Date: 2015-09-25 04:30 PM – 06:00 PM
Last modified: 2015-08-07


In this exploratory presentation, I seek to contextualise and discuss asexuality, as an identity category emerging in the global North, within the wider framework of non-normative sexualities, and the implications that it carries for the concept of sexuality.

I will discuss contemporary sexuality as a human scientific construction and revisit several sex acts, practices and identities, which have been naturalised through repetition in the discursive system in western society, to challenge them.

To do so, this presentation will include reflections from global South researchers on counter hegemonic sexual discourses in the African continent; and also draw on the work of asexual studies scholars as well as feminist and postmodern theories.

The presentation concludes that asexuality can be both a product of and a reaction to the hyper-sexualisation of contemporary culture (Atwood, 2009) and may be considered a political tool and an act of resistance against ‘sexusociety’ (Przybylo, 2011).