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Queer Politics and Sexual Modernity in Taiwan$
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Hans Tao-Ming Huang

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9789888083077

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888083077.001.0001

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Mourning the Monogamous Ideal: Anti-Prostitution Feminism, Conjugal Sentimentality and the Formation of Melancholic Sexual Modernity

Mourning the Monogamous Ideal: Anti-Prostitution Feminism, Conjugal Sentimentality and the Formation of Melancholic Sexual Modernity

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Queer Politics and Sexual Modernity in Taiwan
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Hans Tao-ming Huang

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888083077.003.0007

This chapter critiques the dominant form of female sentimentality that animates the anti-prostitution feminist public sphere since the mid-1990s, showing how this affective mode, attached as it is to conjugal intimacy, propels a liberal form of state governance that intensifies the regulation of sexualities in present-day Taiwan. The chapter demonstrates how anti-prostitution feminism's redemptive project of sex constructs a pristine feminine sexuality within the institutionalised field of “sexual autonomy”. What inheres in the political unconsciousness of “sexual autonomy” is, the chapter argues, a profound sense of melancholia that mourns the loss of sexual innocence qua feminist ideal.

Keywords:   sexual autonomy, intimacy, female sentimentality, melancholia, sexual modernity

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