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The Experimental Neuro-Framing of Sexuality
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Centre for Gender Research.
2013 (English)In: Graduate Journal of Social Science, ISSN 1572-3763, Vol. 10, no 1, 124-151 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Brain scans of homosexuality, sexual desire and images of male and female brain function are becoming a common element of popular scientific news. How is sexuality re-described and re-produced when studied in brain scanners? This article explores the cultural production of sexuality in the growing field of neuroimaging research. In focus is the neural framing of sexuality, i.e. the process by which sexuality is understood as a matter of brain activity and visualizable with medical imaging technologies. The neuroframing of sexuality enables a reproduction of socio-cultural notions of difference, but also of neuroscience’s own notions of agency. The neural framing of sexuality re-mediates an idealized sexuality: ageless, neatly oriented, bodiless although haunted by the de-animated body, unfolding neatly as a sequential response of a psychological inside to an inanimate outside, and essentialized as independent from its feelers and objects.

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2013. Vol. 10, no 1, 124-151 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-197274OAI: diva2:612270
Brain Desires (funded by Vetenskapsrådet)
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2013-03-21 Created: 2013-03-20 Last updated: 2013-03-21Bibliographically approved

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