Sexercising to orgasm: embodied pedagogy and sexual labour in women’s magazines

Hannah Frith

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Abstract

Positioned as the ‘peak’ of sexual experience, orgasm is packed with sociocultural meaning. Exploring the construction of orgasm in of the shift towards a postfeminist sexuality, and the neoliberal shift towards the rational management of sex as work, this article argues that magazines offer a ‘pedagogy of the body’ by teaching women to: (1) become aware of how to touch their body; (2) strengthen muscles and master bodily responses; (3) position the body’ and understand how male and female bodies fit together, and (4) instruct men in how to interact with female bodies. Postfeminist, neoliberal and pedagogical discourses merge to offer explicit instruction in how to develop a ‘technology of sexiness’ by training the body to ensure orgasmic success.Cosmopolitan magazine in the context
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)310-328
Number of pages19
JournalSexualities
Volume18
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2015

Keywords

  • Embodiment
  • magazines
  • neoliberalism
  • orgasm
  • pedagogy
  • postfeminism

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