This book expands the notion of sexual fantasies from the field of psychology into the realms of cultural studies, anthropology, philosophy, and sociology. So far, much research on sexual fantasies has dealt with issues of gender differences, the effect of sexual fantasies on people’s sex lives, or how problematic fantasies can be treated in therapy. In this volume contributors from different academic disciplines explore sexual fantasies at the convergence of the cultural and the individual, taking into account that fantasies are paradoxical: highly individualised and private, and at the same time dependent on a world that supplies structures, images, symbols, and narratives. ; The anthology covers sexual fantasies as they are expressed at the convergence of the cultural and the individual. Contributions focus on written erotica, on fantasies about the Other, on how sexual fantasies may be put into ritualized practice – used to expand reality, or regulated, on fantasies as fiction, and on how they may be used in therapy. ; Contents: Mariah Larsson/Sara Johnsdotter: Introduction: At the Convergence of the Cultural and the Individual – Emma Vossen: Feminism and Sexual Fantasy: Reading and Defending Fifty Shades of Grey as Pornography – Sara Johnsdotter: Written Fantasies: A Case of Language-Induced Sexual Excitement – Deborah Blizzard: Making the Fantasy: Consumption, Relationships, and the RealDoll – Pernilla Ouis: The Politics of Sexual Fantasies: The Inversion of Sexual Fantasies in Orientalism and Occidentalism – Aje Carlbom: Blocking out Sexual Fantasies for a Fantasy of Eternal Sex: Islamist Views – Charlotta Carlström: Fantasies Becoming Practice: BDSM as Ritual – Ingrid Ryberg: Documenting Fantasy and Expanding Reality in Queer Pornography – Mariah Larsson: Fantasies Becoming Illegal: The Manga Case, Child Porn Law, and the Regulation of the Sexual Mind – Sven-Axel Månsson: Johns’ Fantasies of «the Prostitute» – Daniel D. Hutto: Just Faking It? Pretend Theory Meets Sexual Fantasising – Gunnel Brander: Sexual Fantasies in Sexological Psychotherapeutic Settings.
Mariah Larsson specialises in sexuality and film. She is currently on leave from her position as Associate Professor in Sexology, Health and Society at Malmö University (Sweden) to work as a researcher at the Department of Media Studies at Stockholm University. Sara Johnsdotter is Professor in Medical Anthropology at Malmö University. Her research projects have included genital modifications and sexuality, as well as the interface between sexuality and language.