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After-Word(s)—Engaging with the Politics of Pleasure in Sexuality Education: Aff ordances and Provocations

ByKATHLEEN QUINLIVAN, LOUISA ALLEN, AND MARY LOU RASMUSSEN

The chapters in this collection put a diverse range of disciplines into conversation with one another to explore and interrogate the politics which underpin pleasure’s inclusion in sexuality programmes within and across a range of global, theoretical, and practice contexts. This book provides a meeting place-a crossroads, as Todd (2011) conceptualises it-to pause and critically engage with the premises upon which pleasure and desire have been pursued in sexuality education to date. In placing these contributions together our aim has been to facilitate, a kind of intra-activity, to borrow from Barad (1999, 2007). Drawing from physics, Barad describes how intra-activity is diff erentiated from inter-activity, in that, it is not a relationship between discrete entities separated from each other. To conceptualise the collection in this manner would involve seeing each chapter as representing a set of contained ideas that are disciplinary specifi c and distinct from other contributions. Rather, in the physics sense, intra-activity characterises a relationship between human and/or non-human matter which is understood “not to have clear and inherent boundaries, yet are always in a state of intra-activity of higher or lesser intensity or speed” (Hultman & Lenz Taguchi, 2010, p. 530). While the ideas contained in each contribution are characterised in diff erent ways, the chapter boundaries can be seen as porous, unfolding into each other by taking up similar ideas and perspectives (although often confi guring them diff erently) in regard to pleasure’s possibilities. In gathering these contributions together, we hope to facilitate an intra-activity that produces new possibilities for thinking about pleasure in sexuality education.