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Sexuality Beyond Consent: Risk, Race, Traumatophilia
Avgi Saketopoulou
NYU Press | New York University Press / Softcover / Feb 2023
9781479820252 (ISBN-10: 1479820253)
LGBTQ+ Research/Academic / Psychoanalysis
price: $39.95 (may be subject to change)
272 pages
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Radical alternatives to consent and trauma

Contemporary discourse on sex and sexuality is fixated on consent as a means of mitigating danger and avoiding forms of sexual trauma. Sexuality Beyond Consent dares us to step into a different territory, where we do not guard the self but risk experience.

Avgi Saketopoulou maintains that we are overly focused on healing trauma and need to reroute our attention to what subjects do with their trauma, in the process taking up a series of provocative questions: Why is sexuality beyond consent worth risking, and how does risk become a way of soliciting the future? Why might surrendering to the fact that your pain is not going away enable you to do things with pain? In what ways are race and racism shot through with the erotic? How can something proximal to violation become a site of flourishing? Central to the transformational possibilities of trauma is a queer form of consent, limit consent, that is not about maintaining control but risks sexuality beyond consent. Moving between clinical and cultural case studies, Saketopoulou takes up theatrical and cinematic works such as Slave Play and The Night Porter, to show us how the force of the erotic surges through the aesthetic domain.

Grounding its arguments in the psychoanalytic theory of Jean Laplanche in conversation with queer of color critique, performance studies, and philosophy, Sexuality Beyond Consent proposes that enduring the rousing of the strange in ourselves, not in order to master trauma but to rub up against it, may open us up to encounters with opacity and unique forms of care.

About the Author:

Avgi Saketopoulou is a psychoanalyst in private practice in NYC and a member of the faculty of NYU?s Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis.

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