The mainstreaming of masturbation
Tuck, G. (2009) The mainstreaming of masturbation. In: Attwood, F., ed. (2009) Mainstreaming Sex: The Sexualisation of Western Culture. London: I. B. Taurus, pp. 77-92. ISBN 978-1845118273
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This chapter considers the way masturbation has entered mainstream culture, is promoted in self-help literature and magazines, is newly visible in film and on tv, and is foregrounded in the mediated sex offered by pornography, phone and cybersex. The chapter examines the paradoxical ways masturbation and masturbators are currently represented in the contemporary context (male negative – female positive). It discusses the relationship between anxiety and autonomy, autoerotic pleasure and sexual identity and articulates these concerns with regard to the more general sexualisation of consumer capitalism.