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Sensual ExcessQueer Femininity and Brown Jouissance$
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Amber Jamilla Musser

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781479807031

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479807031.001.0001

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Deep Listening, Belonging, and the Pleasures of Brown Jouissance

Deep Listening, Belonging, and the Pleasures of Brown Jouissance

(p.69) 3 Deep Listening, Belonging, and the Pleasures of Brown Jouissance
Sensual Excess

Amber Jamilla Musser

NYU Press

This chapter analyzes the dynamics that undergird brown jouissance by relating the concept to feminine jouissance and abjection through an analysis of Amber Hawk Swanson and Xandra Ibarra’s collaboration Untitled Fucking (2013) and Cheryl Dunye’s pornographic romantic comedy Mommy’s Coming (2012). Hawk Swanson and Ibarra’s performances illustrates the pleasures related to theorizing topping as a form of deep listening, which centralizes feminine jouissance in its investment in the opacity of the other’s pleasure. Feminine jouissance, in this case, is an extension of selfhood through the strap-on. The specter of racialized abjection complicates things, however, when we focus on the pleasures that emerge from Ibarra’s performance of spiciness and the way that Claude/ia’s blackness circulates within Dunye’s film. The pleasures of abjection, here, stem from fantasies of kinship. Brown jouissance, this chapter argues, emerges in the admixtures of feminine jouissance and abjection.

Keywords:   Xandra Ibarra, Amber Hawk Swanson, Cheryl Dunye, brown jouissance, feminine jouissance, abjection, kinship, strap-on, topping, listening

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