The Phobic and the Erotic
The Politics of Sexualities in Contemporary India
A flamboyantly eclectic anthology that explodes several current myths about lines that divide – the heterosexual from the homosexual, the normative from the ‘alternative’, the phobic from the obsessive, the moral from the titillating, the academic from the activist–and brings together a stunning arrays of serious, committed writing about what is most visible and most hidden in our lives, our sexualities. While our social and cultural lives are determined by a fairly universal heterosexual normative code, this collection argues that it is imperative to recognize multiple sites and discourses as equally valid; it ‘outs’ the ‘alternative’. It is constructed on the premise that it is time to foreground those sexual choices and identities that are counter-hetero-normative as the sites at which the most significant politics are being played out.
This anthology captures the complex issues, theories, contexts and debates crowding the sexualities arena in contemporary Indian social studies.