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Sex, Violence and the Body
The Erotics of Wounding
Edited by Vivien Burr and Jeff Hearn
 
 
Palgrave Macmillan
 
 
 
 
 
30 Oct 2008
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What is erotic about certain kinds of wounding or injury? Is a 'love bite' an injury or cosmetic surgery mutilation? How should we understand the erotic power of films such as David Cronenberg's Crash and the appeal of images of the tortured male body? And how might relations between the sexes and the meaning of masculinity and femininity be revealed by addressing such questions? This book examines the relationship between wounding and sexuality, bringing together issues around sexuality, gender, power, violence and representations. Drawing on a range of disciplines including cultural and media studies, sociology and psychology, it includes contributions on social practices such as S&M, cosmetic surgery and 'extreme' sports as well as contributions on representations of wounding and physical damage in film and other media. By combining contributions from a variety of substantive areas in a single volume, this unique edited collection represents a social and cultural overview of a fascinating issue.


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What is erotic about certain kinds of wounding or injury? Is a 'love bite' an injury or cosmetic surgery mutilation? How should we understand the erotic power of films such as David Cronenberg's Crash and the appeal of images of the tortured male body? And how might relations between the sexes and the meaning of masculinity and femininity be revealed by addressing such questions? This book examines the relationship between wounding and sexuality, bringing together issues around sexuality, gender, power, violence and representations. Drawing on a range of disciplines including cultural and media studies, sociology and psychology, it includes contributions on social practices such as S&M, cosmetic surgery and 'extreme' sports as well as contributions on representations of wounding and physical damage in film and other media. By combining contributions from a variety of substantive areas in a single volume, this unique edited collection represents a social and cultural overview of a fascinating issue.


Reviews


'Sex and violence are each moments of transgression, trespassing across boundaries. The essays in this startling book, so ably collected by Burr and Hearn, attend to the similarities among various erotic wounds. Whether self-inflicted or done by others, criminal or consensual, textual or corporeal, erotic wounding is more than simply a site of skin-deep pleasure and/or pain. Beneath the epidural lie a host of gendered and sexual inequalities that many of these authors make viscerally visible.'  - Michael Kimmel, Professor of Sociology, SUNY Stony Brook, US and author of The Gender of Desire

'A fascinating collection of readings on the interweaving of sexuality and violence in the 'erotics of wounding' men's and women's bodies. Surprises abound – the collection encompasses unexpected and controversial viewpoints, theories of the body, sexuality, and the social nature of violence, and deconstruction of popular culture. You'll want to read every chapter.' - Judith Lorber, Professor Emerita, Graduate School and Brooklyn College, CUNY, US; co-author of Gendered Bodies: Feminist Perspectives and author of Breaking the Bowls: Degendering and Feminist Change.

'This is a fascinating, challenging and timely book, drawing together an impressive list of international contributors. Exploring a wide range of issues around the relation between sex, violence and the body, it makes a significant contribution to the literature and will, I have no doubt, appeal to a wide readership across a range of disciplines. What is particularly original is approaching the sex-violence-body nexus through a specific focus on the 'erotics of wounding' and, in each of the subject areas addressed across the 12 chapters, the book clearly sets out the key conceptual issues, debates and challenges in this frequently misunderstood area. This is an important, insightful and challenging book.' - Professor Richard Collier, Newcastle Law School, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK.


Contents


Introducing the Erotics of Wounding: Sex, Violence and the Body; J. Hearn and V. Burr
Body Modification as Self-mutilation by Proxy;  S. Jeffreys
Breast Augmentation Surgery: Carving the Flesh as Female; T. Kinnunen
Physical Bruises, Emotional Scars, and 'Love-bites': Women's Experiences of Men's Violence; M. Jones and J. Hearn
Harming or Healing? The Meanings of Wounding Amongst Sadomasochists who also Self-injure; A. Ritchie
Making the Moves: Masculinities, Bodies, Risk and Death in the 'Extreme' Sport of Rock-climbing; V. Robinson
Transformations of Pain: Erotic Encounters with Crash; A. McCosker
Tortured Heroes: The Story of Ouch! Fan Fiction and Sadomasochism; J. Alexander
'Oh Spike you're covered in sexy wounds!' The Erotic Significance of Wounding and Torture in Buffy the Vampire Slayer; V. Burr
Spectacular Pain: Masculinity, Masochism and Men in the Movies; T. Edwards
Cut Pieces: Self-mutilation in Body Art;  U. Angkjær Jørgensen
The Loathsome, the Rough Type and the Monster: The Violence and Wounding of Media Texts on Rape; M. Livholts
Bibliography


Authors


VIV BURR is Reader in Psychology at the University of Huddersfield, UK. Her research interests include social constructionism, gender and cultural studies. Her books include: Invitation to Personal Construct Psychology (with Trevor Butt); An Introduction to Social Constructionism and Gender and Social Psychology.
 
JEFF HEARN is Professor in Gender Studies (Critical Studies on Men), Linköping University, Sweden, Professor, Swedish School of Economics, Helsinki, Finland, and University of Huddersfield, UK. His many publications include 'Sex' at 'Work' (with Wendy Parkin), The Violences of Men and Handbook of Studies on Men and Masculinities (co-editor).