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Free At Last? Assembling, Producing and Organizing Sexual Spaces in Swedish Sex Education
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Business School.
2010 (English)In: Gender, Work and Organization, ISSN 0968-6673, E-ISSN 1468-0432, Vol. 17, no 1, 91-112 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article seeks to critically investigate the assembling, production and organization of female and male sexuality in contemporary Swedish sex education. The empirical focus is on booklets and leaflets published by the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education (the RFSU). Employing the concept of assemblages articulated by Deleuze and Guattari and rearticulated in social, organizational and feminist theorizing, the article examines how the RFSU material assembles, produces and organizes the sexual spaces of female and male embodiment (bodily zones, passages, surfaces, interiors, extensions, orifices and cavities) by promoting particular sexual practices. While the RFSU assemblages may seem to express a celebratory attitude towards sexual diversity, freedom and enjoyment, the article argues that the extent to which they undo a dichotomous and stereotypical organization of sexuality and gender is limited. Finally, the article discusses what implications this may have for organization theory.

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2010. Vol. 17, no 1, 91-112 p.
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sex education, organization, assemblages, sexual spaces, sexual diversity, freedom and enjoyment, power
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Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-49131DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-0432.2009.00440.xISI: 000272655300006OAI: diva2:376389

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