Men think about sex … a lot. Is this a problem or is this a site for reformation? In a new article in the latest issue of Journal of Gender Studies, AMSA Board members Frank Karioris and Jonathan Allen address the question of sexuality, to penetrate the limits of men and masculinity studies, engaging a range of questions that it seems the field is not attending to for any number of reasons. When men’s studies scholars speak of sex, the authors note, they often speak of rape culture, violent sex, ideas of entitlement to sex, sex workers and pornography. Many of these approaches would be framed and understood by many as ‘sex negative.’
This article proposes what a ‘sex positive’ vision of men’s studies might look like and asks if a sex positive vision of the field is even possible, desirable or necessary. It uses sex positive feminist theory, queer theory and men’s studies to complicate the matter of sexuality, both as an actual site of the kinds of things we do, and as a site of psychic and affective possibility.