Sunday, July 1, 2007

Sex-positive feminism

The type of feminism that I got to research was called sex-positive feminism. This type of feminism can sometimes also be called pro-sex feminism, sex-radical feminism, or sexually liberal feminism, and it is a movement that was formed in the early 1980s. It has been said that some became involved in the sex-positive feminist movement in response to efforts by anti-pornography feminists such as Catherine Mackinnon, Andrea Dworkin, Robin Morgan and Dorchen Leidholdt. The period of intense debate and acrimony between sex-positive and anti-pornography feminists during the early 1980s is often referred to as the "Feminist Sex Wars". Other, less academic sex-positive feminists became involved not in opposition to other feminists, but in direct response to what they saw as patriarchal control of sexuality. What is so different about this form of feminism is the fact that they oppose legal or social efforts to control sexual activities between consenting adults. They also see sexual orientation and gender as social constructs that are heavily influenced by society.

I do agree with the views of sex-positive feminists because I think that people should have a choice of whether they want to be sexually active with someone who is of adult age and who gives consent. I also do agree with their thoughts on sexual orientation and gender as they are more socially constructed by society. I guess you could say that I would be able to be a sex-positive feminist because I do agree with a lot of their opinions they base their form of feminism on.

The source that I used for this information was and some of the feminists that one could follow who live by this sex-positive feminist way of life would be Ellen Willis, Susie Bright, Patrick Califia, Gayle Rubin, Avedon Carol, and Betty Dodson.

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