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Embodied Friendship and Explicit Autoethnography: When Is It Ok to Talk About Cis Women’s Bodies and Sex?

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posted on 2024-03-07, 22:32 authored by Alys MendusAlys Mendus, D Kirkpatrick
This chapter teases at the often-left unspoken voices from/of/with the body, focusing on friendship, trust, relationality, cis women’s bodies, and sex. Framing this chapter is friendship, the vulnerability and the push-me pull-me dynamics of two women’s friendship particularly one initially formed over a mutual delight and recognition of sharing personal stories about sexual freedom. During the Summer of 2016, the authors, Davina and Alys, experienced two pivotal events in their friendship, which became the focus of a paper presented at the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry in the USA in 2017. This chapter is a retrospective, a conversation with the bodies and words presented by/of Alys and Davina in that still-unpublished paper and the bodies of Alys and Davina in 2022. The chapter argues that it is the power of friendship that is the method of inquiry, along with a developing understanding of the Bodyography of the often unspoken sexual body. Through dialogic and collaborative narrative inquiry, the concepts of ‘embodied friendship’ and ‘explicit autoethnography’ are developed as a methodology for giving voice to the unspoken body.

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Pagination

40-50

ISBN-13

9781032335605

Language

eng

Publication classification

B1 Book chapter

Publisher

Routledge

Place of publication

London, Eng.

Title of book

The Collaborative Body in Qualitative Research: Becoming Bodyography

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