The book reveals the intimate operation of power in mediated advice, how words and images, stories and sound can work to shore up social injustice. It critically engages with the ideas of choice and responsibility in sex self–help, arguing that these can obscure and/or justify oppression, even if they′re sometimes experienced as empowering and/or pleasurable.
This bold and incisive book provides a radical challenge to the assumptions underlying the sex advice industry, and presents a critical, collaborative and consensual vision for sex advice of the future.
Diane Negra, University College Dublin "Investigating the varied dimensions of mediating our intimate lives, this brilliant book provides a far–reaching analysis of contemporary forms of sex advice, from sex television to sex apps and more. Importantly, Mediated Intimacy not only examines the contemporary media landscape, but it is also a guide for readers to create sex–critical advice on their own, using creative and thought–provoking examples for challenging conventional norms and practices about sexual intimacies."
Sarah Banet–Weiser, University of Southern California