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Power, Pleasure, and Play: Screwing the Dildo and Rescripting Sexual Violence

This article centers on the renaming of violent sex narratives through the resignification of penetration and the dildo. The dominant sex narrative in much of our cultural conversation is one rooted in heteronormativity. Additionally, the dominant narrative often eclipses the importance of sex as intimate ground in which people share knowledge of the body—the body being a complex site of personal perception and social interpellation. Bricolage as a method operates as a helpful conduit in revealing this complexity, as it allows for multiplicity of construction and meaning. By intertwining theory and method from various disciplinary perspectives, a rich text emerges full of questions, possibilities, and agency.

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