Does size matter? Dominant discourses about penises in Western culture

McKee, Alan (2004) Does size matter? Dominant discourses about penises in Western culture. Cultural Studies Review, 10(2), pp. 168-182.

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Does size matter? That is, the size of penises, for women, for their sexual pleasure in lovemaking? This article argues that in Western cultures, the answer to this question has an interesting status. Everybody knows that 'size doesn't matter'; and everybody knows that this is a joke, because it really means that size does matter. The article traces the importance of this ambivalent 'dominant discourse' for thinking about bodies and power. Popular culture presents a complicated and nuanced set of relationships between penises and (various kinds of) power. The presence of these dominant discourses opens up feminist possibilities for commonsense ways of denying power on the basis of morphological characteristics.

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ID Code: 14644
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Penis, Dominant discourses, Feminism, Sexology, Pornography, Phallus
ISSN: 1446-8123
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 Alan McKee
Deposited On: 01 Sep 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:10

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