Handbook on Gender and Health
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Handbook on Gender and Health

Edited by Jasmine Gideon

This Handbook brings together a groundbreaking collection of chapters that uses a gender lens to explore health, healthcare and health policy in both the Global South and North. Empirical evidence is drawn from a variety of different settings and points to the many ways in which the gendered dimensions of health have become reworked across the globe.
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Chapter 26: Men’s sexual health and destiny

Matthew Gutmann


For several decades, notions of sex drives, urges and impulses have been repeatedly challenged and explored in sophisticated feminist literature on women’s sexualities. As for male sexualities, only queer theory and studies of same-sex sex can make any claim to wide-ranging, complex and nuanced treatments. It is time to ‘queer’ our dull understanding of male heterosexualities. The male heterosexual, despite and perhaps because of its hidden dominance in models of sexuality, has nonetheless too long gone overdetermined and understudied. In particular, this chapter critiques folk and scientific conceptions that would treat male sexuality as naturalized, fixed and entirely distinct from female sexuality.

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