Jennifer Tyburczy: Sex Museums: The Politics and Performance of Display

BOOK Sex Museums: The Politics and Performance of Display ¸ Jennifer Tyburczy – chernov–

1 Brilliant eye opening contribution to cultural studies ueer theory and method gendersexuality studies Amazed at. Winner of the 29th annual Lambda Literary Award for LGBT Studies All museums are sex museums In Sex Museums Jennifer Tyburczy takes a hard look at the formation of Western sexualityparticularly how categories of sexual normalcy and erversity are formedand asks what role museums have Two Views on the Doctrine of the Trinity played in using display as a techniue for disciplining sexuality Most museum exhibits she argues assume that whiteatriarchal heterosexuality and traditional structures of intimacy gender and race represent national sexua.

The dexterity of Tyburczy s concept of ueer curating Tyburczy s writing is beautiful her research is extensive an. L culture for their visitors Sex Museums illuminates the history of such heteronormativity at most museums and roposes alternative approaches for the future of ublic display A Ladys Honor (Cliffs of Cornwall, projects while also offering the reader curatorial tacticswhat she calls ueer curatorshipfor exhibiting diverse sexualities in the twenty first century Tyburczy shows museums to be sites of culture war theatrics where dramatic civic struggles over how sex relates toublic space genealogies of taste and beauty and erformances of.

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D her thinking is original Sex Museums contributes to gender studies and museum studies theory in a meaningful way. Sexual identity are staged Delving into the history of erotic artifacts she analyzes how museums have historically approached the collection and display of the material culture of sex which oses complex moral The War to End All Wars political and logistical dilemmas for the Western museum Sex Museums unpacks the history of the museum and its intersections with the history of sexuality to argue that the Western museum contextfrom its inception to theresentmarks a ivotal site in the construction of modern sexual subjectivi.