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[This chapter introduces readers to A Genealogy of Appetite in the Sexual Sciences, which examines key “moments” in the pathologisation of sexuality, and demonstrates how medical techniques assumed critical roles in shaping modern understandings of the problem of appetite. It examines how...
[Sexual appetite assumed a significant role in the pathologisation of perversions in the nineteenth century. Ideas of balance, frequency and amount functioned to govern sexual normality. Who is “normal” was as much a question of appetite as it was of object choice. This chapter examines how the...
[This chapter traces the circulation of products in the governance of sexual appetite in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. It examines the commodification of sexual appetite through the advertisements of aphrodisiacs, elixirs and mechanical devices in manuals, pamphlets, tracts...
[This chapter examines the works of Alfred Charles Kinsey, and William H. Masters and Virginia E. Johnson in the development of sexual science in the twentieth century. It analyses the way in which Kinsey utilised statistics and the concept of averages in his research on human sexuality. It...
[This chapter historicises the discursive expansion in the classifications and interpretations of “sexual dysfunctions” in contemporary US psychiatry in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. It examines how the turn of the psychiatric gaze towards amounts, degrees and appetites in...
[This chapter examines the pharmaceutical tablet as a technique for the management of sexual appetite in the twenty-first century. It explores the emergence of Addyi (flibanserin) as a case study of how this technique produces a particular subject of pharmaceutical knowledge. The chapter...
[This closing chapter reviews the techniques and institutions examined in the book. To write a genealogy of sexuality through the lens of sexual appetite does not only involve interrogating how concepts of amount, balance and frequency were problematised in the past, but also examining how...
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