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Sex, sexualitylocked

  • Jeffrey Kallberg


The present article considers the ways in which sex and sexuality, as fundamental categories of human experience, filter into the composition of music and its understanding. ‘Sex’ sustains several meanings that can bear upon music, as well as referring to the physiological and biological characteristics that distinguish categories of beings and genital union or other erogenous activity. In casual parlance, ‘sex’ is often used to denote the larger category within which fit culturally perceived differences between men and women; in modern scholarly discourse the discussion of these issues is normally subsumed within consideration of gender (...

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