Sexuality Beyond Consent: Risk, Race, Traumatophilia

NYU. Feb. 2023. 272p. ISBN 9781479820252. pap. $30. SOC SCI
Psychoanalyst Saketopoulou created a book that might be unsettling for some or a trigger for anyone who has been sexually assaulted but is ultimately a powerful testament against toxicity. The book provides a clear message about brokenness, the ways people handle trauma, and the weight of what people hold after experiencing sexual violence. The text addresses precisely these issues by suggesting that rather than attempt to focus on healing trauma, people can consider what to do with it in the moment; they can work with it.
VERDICT A powerful examination of clinical data alongside popular culture, this is a theoretical text appropriate for university-level classes on gender and sexuality. It also includes elements that will be of interest to general readers tired of self-help books designed to “fix” brokenness and interested in exploring what it means to find worth in and through trauma.
Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.



We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing