Ejaculatory timings and masculine identities

Hannah Frith

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Sexual intimacies – including orgasm and ejaculation – are subject to temporal regulation. The timing of orgasm is not simply a matter of physiology; cultural assumptions and ideologies frame how this embodied experience is worked up, felt and made sense of. Researchers distinguishing between ‘clock time’ and the ‘natural’ timings of the body argue that modernity is characterised by attempts to regulate bodies by bringing them into line with normative temporal expectations of behaviour.I argue that ejaculation, which is ‘out of time’, is firmly positioned as a failure of the neoliberal masculine subject, and that professional and commercial interests collude in offering mechanisms for men’s rehabilitation towards the perfect intercourse performance.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEdges of identity
Subtitle of host publicationthe production of neoliberal subjectivities
EditorsJ. Louth, M. Potter
Place of PublicationChester
PublisherUniversity of Chester Press
ISBN (Print)9781908258243
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017


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