Query: Recent feminist philosophy on (women’s) sexuality?

Philosophers, please don’t hesitate to recommend your own work in reply to this query! I’d love to know answers to (1) myself, since the most recent stuff can often be tricky to find. Regarding (2), I already mentioned Midsouth in Memphis. From Ben Buckley (he also sent this to SWIP, so no need to reply here if you’ve replied there or to him):
I have an independent study student who is working on a paper on feminist philosophy she hopes to present and/or publish in the future. 
(1) What are some of the best contemporary (this century preferably) philosophical essays on women’s sexuality, or on sexuality from a feminist perspective?
(2) Can you recommend undergraduate conferences and/or journals to which she can submit the final version? We’re in Atlanta, Georgia, and her travel funds are limited, so particularly any feminist philosophy centered or those open to feminist philosophy somewhere in the U.S. south or the east coast would be helpful.

10 thoughts on “Query: Recent feminist philosophy on (women’s) sexuality?

  1. Annaleigh, those are still great texts! But indeed I am keen to see some 21st-c responses. Also, sometimes the newer stuff often tends to be by more obscure authors than hooks-MacKinnon-Langton (although compared to those three, who i’n’t!). It would be nice to advance the work of the less famed, but famous types are welcome too.

  2. Chrysanthi Nigianni and Merl Storr, eds., Deleuze and Queer Theory (2009); Frida Beckman, ed., Deleuze and Sex (2011); Frida Beckman, Between Desire and Pleasure: A Deleuzian Theory of Sexuality (2013)

    Your student may be interested in attending the upcoming joint conference of the Canadian Society for Women in Philosophy (CSWIP) and The Association for Feminist Epistemologies, Methodologies, Metaphysics, and Science Studies (FEMMSS), though the deadline is just around the corner http://cswip.ca/

  3. Alas, CSWIP is very far from Atlanta this year!

    But all the recent feminist takes on sexuality that I can think of, now that I reflect on it, are those I came across at CSWIP conferences. Cressida Heyes, of course, is a Canada Research Chair in Gender and Sexuality. (See esp. her book _Self-Transformations_.)

    Talia Mae Bettcher and Catherine Clune-Taylor presented at CSWIP2012, on issues relating to gender, sex, sexual orientation, sexed bodies and other topics. Their work is exciting.

  4. Linda Lemoncheck’s “Loose Women, Lecherous Men: A Feminist Philosophy of Sex” is 1997, and quite good. Sandra Bartky called it brave, wise, and compassionate (it is a defense of promiscuity). It’s fairly recent. Better still, put it and these other classic works on female sexuality into scholar.google.com, click “Cited By” and behold an ever-expanding world of related material, some of which was recently published in Hypatia, including articles on sadomasochism, sex work, and sexual autonomy.

  5. I was just going to suggest Cahill’s book, too! It’s excellent, it’s recent, and it’s quite accessible (I used it last semester, and my students really enjoyed it.)

  6. It’s part of a work of literary theory, but I found Jay Prosser’s Second Skins invaluable, in particular the introduction’s deconstruction and critique of Judith Butler’s work as it applies to trans* and intersex individuals. It’s an important introduction to how theory defines an often overlooked segment of the population.

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