With(out) pleasure: Desexualization, gender and sexuality at work

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With(out) pleasure: Desexualization, gender and sexuality at work. / Sullivan, Katie.

I: Organization, Vol. 21, Nr. 3, 2014, s. 346-364.

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Sullivan, Katie. / With(out) pleasure: Desexualization, gender and sexuality at work. I: Organization. 2014 ; Vol. 21, Nr. 3. s. 346-364.

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TY - JOUR

T1 - With(out) pleasure: Desexualization, gender and sexuality at work

AU - Sullivan, Katie

PY - 2014

Y1 - 2014

N2 - This article explores desexualization in massage therapy as a complex interaction between therapists and clients wherein sexual subjectivities are co-constructed, reified and in one case revised to highlight how workers can create a professional sexual identity in the spaces between desexualization and re-eroticization. Findings suggest that organizational mandates for desexualization as well as therapists' own framing maintains gendered subjectivities that paint men as aggressors and women as victims. It also offers, through the philosophy of one female therapist, an alternative to desexualization that seeks to encourage sexuality based on professionalism, respect and choice. A key implication of this study is that a more holistic and context-dependent view of work and workers is necessary for scholars and practitioners to understand the promise and perils of organizational desexualization.

AB - This article explores desexualization in massage therapy as a complex interaction between therapists and clients wherein sexual subjectivities are co-constructed, reified and in one case revised to highlight how workers can create a professional sexual identity in the spaces between desexualization and re-eroticization. Findings suggest that organizational mandates for desexualization as well as therapists' own framing maintains gendered subjectivities that paint men as aggressors and women as victims. It also offers, through the philosophy of one female therapist, an alternative to desexualization that seeks to encourage sexuality based on professionalism, respect and choice. A key implication of this study is that a more holistic and context-dependent view of work and workers is necessary for scholars and practitioners to understand the promise and perils of organizational desexualization.

KW - re-eroticization

KW - gender

KW - ethnography

KW - professionalization

KW - desexualization

U2 - 10.1177/1350508413519765

DO - 10.1177/1350508413519765

M3 - Article

VL - 21

SP - 346

EP - 364

JO - Organization

JF - Organization

SN - 1350-5084

IS - 3

ER -