In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Female Masturbation in Young Adult Literature Katy Stein bio In young adult literature and in Western society in general, male masturbation usually is considered a facet of a healthy libido. But despite the American sexual revolution and the work of scholars in gender studies which seeks, in part, to liberate sexual activity and sexuality from restrictive and troubling ideologies, female masturbation—and especially teen female masturbation—still inspires anxiety and even fear. In The History of Sexuality, Michel Foucault famously argued that society is "preoccup[ied] with sex" , that it both titillates and terrifies. The result of this fear, according to Foucault, is that much of the ideology around and language used to describe sexual activity ultimately serves to both confine and regulate it.
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Share via Email Shelf abuse Britain's most distinguished literary quarterly has knocked off work early, picked up some wine on the way home and taken the phone off the hook. Granta has just published its sex issue. The issue covers all kinds of couplings — mainly the dysfunctional and alienated, rather than the loving and rewarding kind — but one story stands out. In the end, he gives the final climactic scene to one of these anonymous women: You see, we've read about every kind of sex imaginable.