Sunday, September 25, 2011

from Donald E. Hall's Reading Sexualities

"We in sexuality studies need such place-holding utopias--ones in which wide-ranging sexual diversity is valued highly, in which explorations of possible mutabilities in sexual desire (self-generated, theoretically generated, and simply temporally inevitable) are discussed energetically, in which the many ways that people engage in consensual erotic relationships are appreciated--and we need a mechanism to get us there: a missionary-like zeal for conversing among ourselves and with those who differ from us. We also need the intellectual quickness, flexibility, and tenacity to weather setbacks, shift tactics, and allow ourselves and our goals to alter in active dialogue with others. Marketplace acceptance nad token media visibility, though useful, should never suffice as the telos or our work--they are simply a side benefit" (Hall 15).

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