Rackham Centennial Lecture, "On 'Liberated Sex' and Other Myths"
Breanne Fahs is an Associate Professor of Women and Gender Studies at Arizona State University and a 2006 graduate of the joint doctoral program in Clinical Psychology and Women’s Studies. She has published articles on women's sexuality, radical feminism, body politics, queer rights, and political socialization in a number of journals, including Feminist Studies, Archives of Sexual Behavior, Sexualities, Sex Roles, Frontiers, Women's Studies, and Gender & Society. Her recent book, Performing Sex (2011, SUNY Press), used qualitative interviews to explore the unintended consequences of the women's liberation movement, including faking orgasm, women performing as bisexual for men's viewing pleasure, the development of female Viagra, and the politics of sexual pleasure and power. She is also a practicing clinical psychologist specializing in issues of sexuality.
This lecture is part of both the Centennial celebration of the Rackham Graduate School and the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Women’s Studies Department.