The Body Agentic: Neoliberal Metrics for Appraising Young Women's Sexuality

The Gender, Sexuality, & Women's Studies Program presents speaker Laina Bay-Cheng at 4 p.m. Thurs., November 13 in 332 Cathedral of Learning.

Many signs point to a substantive shift in the norms used to appraise young women's sexuality. Bay-Cheng argues that girls are now measured non only along the Virgin-Slut Continuum, but also against the Agency Line, a neoliberal construct of sexual agency. In addition tot he conceptual and empirical grounds for the intersection of these two evaluative metrics, one marking girls' supposed sexual activity and one marking their supposed sexual agency. Bay-Cheng also considers the ramifications of this normative field for girls' sexual self-concepts and relationships.

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