As our analysis of data in previous chapters demonstrates, we have both drawn on and informed feminist theories of how power and agency operate within heterosexuality (see for example, Maynard and Purvis, 1995; Jackson, 1996, 1999; Richardson, 1996, 2000; Smart, 1996). Key to our critical position has been the relatively underdeveloped empirical base of many theoretical positions, particularly those linked with the emotions: intimacy, faithfulness, commitment, personal privacy and independence. We therefore have approached heterosexuality as an embodied, spatially located emotional experience and this acknowledgement is central to the arguments made in this current chapter.
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