Flaccid theory and the geographies of sexual health in the age of Viagra™

Vincent J. Del Casino

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The discipline of geography is largely absent in discussions and debates about drug use practices and their relationships to sexual health. Given the important relationships among the use of drugs, performances of sexualized identities, and the practices of sex, it behooves medical and health geographers particularly, and social and cultural geographers more generally, to engage in the wider interdisciplinary debates about these relationships. Through a discussion of one drug, Viagra, this brief intervention offers an agenda for studying the geographies of sex, sexuality, and drug use. It is argued that drug use is an inherently geographic practice that reshapes how places are resituated in relation to the fluid and dynamic meanings of sex, sexuality, and sexual health, areas of research and practice that medical and health geographers ought to consider more seriously.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)904-911
Number of pages8
JournalHealth and Place
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2007


  • Drugs
  • Sex
  • Sexual health
  • Sexuality
  • Sexuopharmaceuticals

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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