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© 2023 The Authors. Sexuality, Gender & Policy published by Wiley Periodicals LLC on behalf of Policy Studies Organization.This article examines whether, and if so how, the alternative model of sexual ethics, namely, a pleasure and care-centred ethic of embodied and relational sexual Otherness, performs when given scenarios or case studies that push up against its ethico-political limits. I focus here on the case of intimate relationships that emerge between graduate students and their supervisors. The two case studies examined are the Avital Ronell case and a composite case constructed from the lived experience and personal stories of women who have what they deem are/were successful intimate relationships with their PhD supervisors—sometimes resulting in marriage. Following a critique of sexual consent, the article engages in a close critical analysis of each case in line with the pleasure and care-centered ethic of embodied and relational sexual Otherness and, in doing so, engages with issues of power, ethicality, pleasure, justice, and gender norms before offering ways forward.
Author(s): Sikka T
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Sexuality, Gender and Policy
Print publication date: 01/02/2023
Online publication date: 24/01/2023
Acceptance date: 05/01/2023
Date deposited: 15/02/2023
ISSN (electronic): 2639-5355
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Inc
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