Doubled Stagnations

Adrienne Evans and Sarah Riley

in Technologies of Sexiness

Published in print August 2014 | ISBN: 9780199914760
Published online August 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780190202545 | DOI:

Series: Sexuality, Identity, and Society

Doubled Stagnations

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Sexiness has become a topic of significant public interest, debate, and concern. This has meant that an emotive noise concerning sexualization has drowned out more complex ways of understanding the intersections of neoliberalism, consumerism, and postfeminism, so that sexualization discourses call on us to emote, but without any sense of forward momentum. In this chapter, the authors conceive of this noise as a “doubled stagnation” that contains elements of past noise: concerns about the bodies of young women, celebratory and critical accounts that mirror the feminist sex wars of the 1980s, and academic accounts that place women as either freely choosing or suffering from their own false consciousness. In mapping these debates, the authors argue for finding a more productive space from within doubled stagnations from which to account for pleasure, agency, and “empowerment.”

Keywords: doubled stagnations; sexualization; empowerment; agency; mapping

Chapter.  11267 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology ; Developmental Psychology

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