Pamela Tsui wins Best Graduate Student Paper Award from ASA Section on Sexualities

September 15, 2023 by Juanita Lam

Congratulations to PhD student Pamela Tsui for receiving the 2023 Best Graduate Student Paper Award from the Sexualities section of the American Sociological Association. The winning paper, “Erotic Capabilities: A Feminist Analysis of Sexual Justice and Pleasure in Heterosexual Sex Partying,” is published online in the journal Sexualities.  

In her article, Tsui considers how sexuality can act as a tool of empowerment under patriarchy. Tsui develops Nussbaum's capabilities approach to construct a critical framework of erotic capabilities for evaluating what and how social conditions give rise to possibilities of equitable, enjoyable, and empowering sex in the lived experiences of heterosexuality. Based on a 29-month ethnography of a sex party club in Hong Kong, the article sheds light on how sexual communities may – or may not – be a reflexive space of empowerment for participants in different social locations. 

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