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Beyond MonogamyPolyamory and the Future of Polyqueer Sexualities$
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Mimi Schippers

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781479801596

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479801596.001.0001

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The Heteromasculine Body and the Threesome Imaginary

The Heteromasculine Body and the Threesome Imaginary

Exploring the Polyqueer Potential of Plural Sexual Interactions

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(p.137) 4 The Heteromasculine Body and the Threesome Imaginary
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Beyond Monogamy
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Mimi Schippers

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479801596.003.0005

The author argues that compulsory monogamy is not just about relationship form, but also translates into the normalization and strict enforcement of dyadic sex as the only legitimate kind of sexual interaction. To the extent that the only normative way to have sex is in pairs, compulsory monogamy fixes (1) sexual orientation as defined by the gender of the object of one’s desire and (2) the phenomenological embodiment of gendered subjectivity within temporally and spatially bounded erotic interactions. The author introduces the threesome imaginary as a mononormative, collective fantasy of non-dyadic sexual interactions and as a structuring feature of the sexual field and erotic habitus. By contrasting the heteromasculine fantasy of a threesome with two women with a polyqueer fantasy of a threesome involving a woman and two men, the author probes how erotic threesomes involving two straight men and one woman offer a phenomenological opportunity to queer the embodiment of heteromasculinity and shift the sexual field in ways that will transform the heteromasculine and heterofeminine erotic habitus.

Keywords:   threesomes, threesome imaginary, sexual field, erotic habitus, gender, masculinity, femininity

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