Title

Improbable Possibilities

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2003

Abstract

Whether or not a woman can "choose" her sexuality has been subject to debate because it contests essentialist notions of sexuality as fixed and determined early in life. This article explores the variabilities among women in sexual object choice and expression and elaborates on the claim that women's sexuality is fluid. It does so by presenting a summary of interviews with women of all sexual orientations who do, in fact, experience their sexuality as a conscious choice. Their own words reveal the plasticity of sexual attractions, experiences, and identities and the more fluid sexuality that emerges as a result. The article also highlights the importance of considering cultural and historical context - specifically the contemporary feminist movement - as it affects the range of possibilities in women's construction of their sexual desire and identity.

Publication Name

Psychoanalytic Inquiry

Volume Number

23

First Page

624

Last Page

641

Issue Number

4

DOI

10.1080/07351692309349055

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