Sexual (Dis)Orientation

Gender, Sex, Desire and Self-fashioning

  • Tamsin Wilton

About this book


Tamsin Wilton interviewed close to a hundred women in order to understand how we go about constructing a sexual identity as 'lesbian' or 'heterosexual'. How do women experience desire? What are the differences between men and women as sexual partners? How do desire, pleasure, intimacy, gender and morality become part of women's sense of self? Asking these, and other questions, this study breaks through the stand-off between essentialists and constructionists to propose a fresh re-thinking of the desiring self.


gender identity interview language morality safety Self sociology women

Authors and affiliations

  • Tamsin Wilton
    • 1
  1. 1.University of the West of EnglandUK

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2004
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Social & Cultural Studies Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4039-0574-1
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-50621-3
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