Introduction: RadSex in theory and in practice
This collection of essays offers critical analyses of three distinct – but sometimes overlapping – “deviant” sociosexual practices between men: bareback sex, BDSM, and public sex. The authors draw on a wide range of perspectives informed in large part by queer theory and poststructuralism. However, the primary purpose of this collection is neither to contribute to specific theories of sexual “deviance” or paraphilia, nor to theories or practices of sexual “liberation.” Rather, building variously upon poststructuralism, queer theory, and the field of gender and sexuality studies, the essays gathered here explore the empirical risks, economies of danger, and public health messaging that converge on sexual bodies and pleasures – even “unbearable” ones (Berlant & Edelman, 2014). Engaging embodied practices and other social texts, this collection bridges theory and praxis to offer an interdisciplinary and nuanced account of the complexities of human sexuality, from the margins. In so doing, the essays gathered here examine what we might call the scandalous social structures and dangerous discourses that constitute RadSex and situated carnal knowledges in the current context.
Murray, S.J, Holmes, D. (Dave), & Foth, T. (Thomas). (2017). Introduction: RadSex in theory and in practice. In Radical Sex Between Men: Assembling Desiring-Machines (pp. 1–22). doi:10.4324/9781315399546