Teaching Men's Anal Pleasure: Challenging Gender Norms with 'Prostage' Education

American Journal of Sexuality Education, 2012

26 Pages Posted: 8 Apr 2016

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Jonathan Branfman

Ohio State University (OSU)

Susan Ekberg Stiritz

Washington University in St. Louis - George Warren Brown School of Social Work

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

To help students critique sex/gender norms, sexuality educators should address men’s anal pleasure. Men’s anal receptivity blurs accepted binaries like male/female, masculine/feminine, and straight/queer. By suppressing men’s receptivity, the taboo against men’s anal pleasure helps legitimize hegemonic sex/gender beliefs—and the sexism, homophobia, and male dominance they encourage. Conversely, by deconstructing men’s anal taboo and creating a new language of anal pleasure—“prostage” (pro-STAHJ)—educators can help students challenge restrictive gender norms. We base this argument on an anonymous, online, mixed methods survey we conducted with 228 undergraduate men, as well as existing literature on men’s anal sexuality.

Keywords: men, masculinities, sexuality education, anal sex, gender norms

Suggested Citation

Branfman, Jonathan and Stiritz, Susan Ekberg, Teaching Men's Anal Pleasure: Challenging Gender Norms with 'Prostage' Education (2012). American Journal of Sexuality Education, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2756549

Jonathan Branfman

Ohio State University (OSU) ( email )

Blankenship Hall-2010
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Columbus, OH OH 43210
United States

Susan Ekberg Stiritz (Contact Author)

Washington University in St. Louis - George Warren Brown School of Social Work ( email )

St. Louis, MO 63130
United States
314 422 0944 (Phone)

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