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Gayle Rubin

American cultural anthropologist, activist, and feminist

1949   -  

country of citizenship: United States of America
educated at: University of Michigan
occupation: anthropologist, university teacher, essayist, LGBT rights activist, writer, feminist
award received: Ruth Benedict Prize
influenced by: Michel Foucault

Gayle S. Rubin (born 1949) is an American cultural anthropologist best known as an activist and theorist of sex and gender politics. She has written on a range of subjects including feminism, sadomasochism, prostitution, pedophilia, pornography and lesbian literature, as well as anthropological studies and histories of sexual subcultures, especially focused in urban contexts. Her article "Thinking Sex" is widely regarded as a founding text of gay and lesbian studies, sexuality studies, and queer theory. She is an associate professor of anthropology, women's studies, and comparative literature at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
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