Month – March 2013

Reflections on Sex

The role of sex is a preoccupation of both the second and third waves of feminism. In the second wave, the discrimination that women faced on the basis of their biological sex, was starting to come to the fore of public consciousness with increased access to legal abortion, reliable free contraception and control over pregnancy …

Reflections on Gender

The issue of gender is a preoccupation of both the second and third waves of feminism. In the second wave, the distinction between biological sex (male/female) and socially constructed gender (man/woman) was unpicked, with the basic conclusion that gender – as a social construction – was damaging bullshit.  The third wave has raised issues of …

Subjects, Objects and the Sex Industry

One of the areas which causes most consternation in feminist circles is the sex industry.   Many, particularly women in the industry consider some of the narratives that surround abolitionist discourse insulting, demeaning and ultimately harmful. It is critical to appreciatie that within a situation of pre-existing power relations, the choice – however restricted that choice may …

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