Monday, November 30, 2015

Sex Positivity

What is Sex Positivity?- Furguson




     While reading the article Furguson discusses two camps within feminism; Radical vs. Libertarian. Now I don't get why there are sections within feminism because I thought the point was equality for all people. It seems like even within the feminist groups there are still people judging each other based off their personal choices. 
    
    The radical feminists represent the women in the hijab covered head to toe and the libertarian feminists represent the women in the bikini. Radical feminists disapprove of all heterosexual sex that is male dominated. That includes role playing, S&M, and porn along with a few other things because they believe that those things are too explicit and lead to violence against women and the objectification of women. By egaging in those types of "risky behaviors" you would be encouraging male dominance because the male is the subject or master and the female would be the object or slave. Radical feminists have the views of the 1st and 3rd wave feminists pretty much.
     
    Libertarian feminists on the other hand, support any form of consensual sex. More specifically, "an ideal sexual relationship bewteen two fully consenting equal partners." I like how this is phrased because then you have to consider what consensual really is. The batterted wife was a good example because most women with consent to sex out of fear that if they say no (if they have that choice) they will be beaten. It is also important that libertarians use "consenting EQUAL partners" for that same reason.
      Furguson discusses the difference between forbidden sex ( rape, incest, etc) and risky sex ( porn, prositution, etc) and how we "should be free to choose between risky and basic practices without fear of moral condemation from other feminists". I couldn't agree wih this more. This has been my position for as long as I remember, even for other topics like abortions and hijabs. I may not make the same decissons as you or agree with your choices but I am a pro-choice person. I personally wouldn't promote promescuity or prositution but because I don't think they're safe. Pornography is okay to me as long as it was really the woman's choice but if she had outside influences then I wouldn't support it. 
     What if the women likes a feminist but like S&M and likes for the man to be dominant? There are women who are into that just like it's possible for a woman to like a woman. I don't think it's fair to tell women to stop doing what they like sexually in order avoid the violence and objectification because men don't get shamed for liking those same things. The only time a man gets shamed is if his sexuality is not "politically correct" and it usually only happens if the man is gay or something extreme like having sex with children or animals, which is not truely consenting. "We should reclaim control over female sexuality by demanding the right to do what gives us pleasure or satisfaction."

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