Creatively conceptualized and methodologically queer jennifer tyburczys sex museums the politics and performance of display is a welcome addition to a growing corpus of scholarship on museum history and the politics of exhibiting sex for leisure entertainment pedagogy and activism . Most museum exhibit all museums are sex museums in sex museums jennifer tyburczy takes a hard look at the formation of western sexuality particularly how categories of sexual normalcy and perversity are formed and asks what role museums have played in using display as a technique for disciplining sexuality. I have been carrying around jennifer tyburczys sex museums the politics and performance of display for months now and have received understandably quite some attention for it i have been reading it on my morning commute to work on the train sitting in cafes and parks with it and most notably have been often seen with it at work much to the amusement of my students. Sex museums is the first book to comprehensively explore what happens when museums display sex it demonstrates how museum debates about what sex is and how to manage it have been integral to defining the parameters of sexual normalcy and for silencing non normative voices as they relate to gender race and sexuality. Sex museums the politics and performance of display by jennifer tyburczy all choices about what to exhibit or not make statements about sexuality finds lesley hall march 24 2016 sex museums the politics and performance of display by jennifer tyburczy university of chicago press 296pp 7350 and 2650
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