Hatred of Sex


Hatred of Sex

Oliver Davis and Tim Dean

Provocations Series

206 pages


April 2022


$25.00 Add to Cart
eBook (PDF)
Ebook purchases delivered via Leaf e-Reader

April 2022


$25.00 Add to Cart
eBook (EPUB)
Ebook purchases delivered via Leaf e-Reader

April 2022


$25.00 Add to Cart

About the Book

Hatred of Sex links Jacques Rancière’s political philosophy of the constitutive disorder of democracy with Jean Laplanche’s identification of a fundamental perturbation at the heart of human sexuality. Sex is hated as well as desired, Oliver Davis and Tim Dean contend, because sexual intensity impedes coherent selfhood and undermines identity, rendering us all a little more deplorable than we might wish. Davis and Dean explore the consequences of this conflicted dynamic across a range of fields and institutions, including queer studies, attachment theory, the #MeToo movement, and “traumatology,” demonstrating how hatred of sex has been optimized and exploited by neoliberalism.

Advancing strong claims about sex, pleasure, power, intersectionality, therapy, and governance, Davis and Dean shed new light on enduring questions of equality at a historical moment when democracy appears ever more precarious.

Author Bio

Oliver Davis is a professor of French studies at the University of Warwick. He is the author of Jacques Rancière and editor of Rancière Now. Tim Dean is James M. Benson Professor in English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of Unlimited Intimacy: Reflections on the Subculture of Barebacking and Beyond Sexuality.


"The latest in the groundbreaking and much needed "Provocations" series of short, polemical works published by University of Nebraska Press, Hatred of Sex is an indispensable read for scholars of continental thought, French critical theory, and queer studies—and, indeed, for anyone disquieted by the authoritarianism governing the sexual politics of our cultural moment."—Lisa Downing, French Studies

“Fascinating, formidable, and timely, this volume probes unexpected links between democracy and sexuality. Hatred of Sex will undoubtedly disturb established ideas that are widely and at times too reflexively adopted in current academic conversations about sexuality. A manifesto grounded in careful scholarship, this book has the makings of a classic.”—Avgi Saketopoulou, faculty of the Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis at New York University

Hatred of Sex is a bold critical intervention in current discourses of violence, trauma, affect, attachment, and safety, propagated by queer studies, carceral feminism, the theory of intersectionality, and identity-driven politics. No other book has offered such an unapologetic and persuasive critique of the incursion of anti-democratic and sex-hating discourses in queer theory. Davis and Dean make arguments that few others would dare to wage, given how greatly they diverge from today’s prevailing sacred notions, political platitudes, and piously moralizing stances—found not on the political right but at the center of liberalism.”—John Paul Ricco, professor of comparative literature at the University of Toronto

Table of Contents

1. Hatred of Sex
2. Does Queer Studies Hate Sex?
3. Securing the Appropriate: Attachment Theory Reconsidered
4. Traumatology and Governance
Afterword: The Hatred of Sex in Hatred of Democracy

Also of Interest