Contortion the servility and the display the self

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contortion, the servility and the display, the self-mutilation and requisite presentation of self as a beautiful thing, the enforced passivity, the humiliation – are made into the content of sexfor women. This is to identify not just a sexuality that is shaped under conditions of gender inequality, but this sexuality itself as the dynamic of the inequality of the sexes.”Origins in gender inequality-Mackinnon to the sexual revolutionoThat revolution took place in men’s advantageoTransformation of sexual norms organized by men and their sexual desires
Increased sexual access to womenWomen can have sex without shame but still subservient to male’s heterosexual desires-1970s Rape wasn’t sexual, it was about power (violence not sex)oMackinnon:Attempt to maintain the idea that sex was goodSexuality can be free of violence The rape continuum Forced sex by a stranger <-> heterosexual married love makingoAll forms of rape… why?Male dominance roles -> violence -> rapeSexuality is authored by men -> aggression violence -> rapeWomen have no consent ultimately in the processoPage 37: first column, last full paragraph“Although intending the opposite, some feminists have encouraged and participated in this kind of analysis by conceiving rape as violence not sex. While this approach gave needed emphasis to rape’s previously effaced elements of power and dominance, it obscured its elements of sex. Aside from failing to answer the rather obvious question, if its violence not sex, why didn’t he just hit her, this approach made it impossible to see that violence is sex when it is practiced as sex. To say rape is violence not sex crucially leaves the ‘sex is good’ assumption intact by distinguishing forced sex as ‘not sex.’ Rape can thus be opposed by those who would save sexuality from the rapists while leaving the sexual fundamentals of male dominance intact. Whatever is sex, cannot be violent. Whatever is violent, cannot be sex. Don’t’ we wish.”lesbians butch and feminine still rape – its’ the same violenceoenacting masculine androcentric sexuality still in the same context/systemoPg. 38; Second column, top paragraph“To be clear: what is sexual is what gives a man an erection. Fear does; hostility does; hatred does; the helplessness of a child or a student or an infantilized or restrained or vulnerable women does; revulsion does; death does. Whatever it takes to make a penis shudder and stiffen with the experience of its potency is what sexuality means culturally, violation, conventionally through penetration and intercourse, defines the paradigmatic sexual encounter. Transgression, for which boundaries must first be created, then violated, is necessary for penetration to experience itself. All this suggests that what is called sexuality is

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