Journal article

The sexuality-assemblages of young men: A new materialist analysis

Pam Alldred, Nick J Fox

SEXUALITIES | SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2015

Abstract

This article presents a new materialist exploration of young men and sexuality that shifts the focus away from bodies and individuals, toward the affective flow within assemblages of bodies, things, ideas and social institutions, and the sexual capacities this flow produces. Using data from two empirical studies, we explore the sexuality assemblages of teen boys and young men, and the micropolitics of these assemblages. We find that the sexuality produced in the bodies of young men is highly territorialised and aggregated by various materialities. However, we also reveal how young men resist these conventional sexualities.