Politics of Sexuality

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 …

BD/SM and the reification of patriarchal sexuality (Part 1/2)

The shift in feminism from the second to the third wave has seen a number of challenges arise to what was thought to be established feminist thinking.  One of those challenges is in the rise in acceptability of BD/SM (Bondage:Domination/Sadism:Masochism) and the numbers of women who identify as feminists engaging in the BD/SM subculture either …

Towards a sex-neutral feminism

Over at the (very excellent) Radical Transfeminist blog, Lisa Millbank has been thinking through some of the theory behind “sex-negative feminism”.  This current has been out of fashion in contemporary feminist thinking since its heyday in the 70s and 80s with the rise of political lesbianism and the use of “sex-strikes” as a protest tactic.”Sex- …

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