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Gênero. Relações Interpessoais. Dinheiro. Sexo. Intimidade

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ZELIZER, V. A. Dinheiro, poder e sexo. Cadernos Pagu, Campinas, SP, n. 32, p. 135–157, 2016. Disponível em: Acesso em: 1 dez. 2023.


A crença generalizada de que o dinheiro corrompe a intimidade bloqueia nossa capacidade de descrever e explicar como dinheiro, poder, e sexo, de fato, interagem. A crença oposta – de que o sexo funciona como uma mercadoria como qualquer outra – não é melhor para ajudar descrições e explicações. A intersecção de sexo, dinheiro e poder, de fato, gera confusão e conflito, mas isso ocorre precisamente porque os participantes estão simultaneamente negociando relações interpessoais delicadas e responsáveis e marcando diferenças entre essas relações e outras com as quais elas poderiam ser fácil e perigosamente confundidas. Na vida cotidiana, as pessoas lidam com essas dificuldades com um conjunto de práticas que poderíamos chamar de “Boas Combinações”.


Widespread beliefs that money corrupts intimacy block our ability to describe and explain how money, power, and sex actually interact. The opposite belief – that sex operates like an ordinary market commodity – serves description and explanation no better. The intersection of sex, money, and power, does indeed generate confusion and conflict, but that is precisely because participants are simultaneously negotiating delicate, consequential, interpersonal relations and marking differences between those relations and others with which they could easily and dangerously be confused. In everyday social life, people deal with these difficulties by relying on a set of practices we can call good matches.

Key Words: Gender; Interpersonal Relations; Money; Sex; Intimacy



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