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“Laser-cut writing and a stunning intellect. If only every writer made this much beautiful sense.” —Lisa Taddeo, author of Three Women
“Amia Srinivasan is an unparalleled and extraordinary writer—no one X-rays an argument, a desire, a contradiction, a defense mechanism quite like her. In stripping the new politics of sex and power down to its fundamental and sometimes clashing principles, The Right to Sex is a bracing revivification of a crucial lineage in feminist writing: Srinivasan is daring, compassionate, and in relentless search of a new frame.” —Jia Tolentino, author of Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self Delusion
Thrilling, sharp, and deeply humane, philosopher Amia Srinivasan's The Right to Sex: Feminism in the Twenty-First Century upends the way we discuss—or avoid discussing—the problems and politics of sex.
How should we think about sex? It is a thing we have and also a thing we do; a supposedly private act laden with public meaning; a personal preference shaped by outside forces; a place where pleasure and ethics can pull wildly apart.
How should we talk about sex? Since #MeToo many have fixed on consent as the key framework for achieving sexual justice. Yet consent is a blunt tool. To grasp sex in all its complexity—its deep ambivalences, its relationship to gender, class, race and power—we need to move beyond yes and no, wanted and unwanted.
We do not know the future of sex—but perhaps we could imagine it. Amia Srinivasan’s stunning debut helps us do just that. She traces the meaning of sex in our world, animated by the hope of a different world. She reaches back into an older feminist tradition that was unafraid to think of sex as a political phenomenon. She discusses a range of fraught relationships—between discrimination and preference, pornography and freedom, rape and racial injustice, punishment and accountability, students and teachers, pleasure and power, capitalism and liberation.
The Right to Sex: Feminism in the Twenty-First Century is a provocation and a promise, transforming many of our most urgent political debates and asking what it might mean to be free.
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|Durée||6 heures et 42 minutes|
|Date de publication sur Audible.fr||21 septembre 2021|
|Type de programme||Livre audio|
|Classement des meilleures ventes d'Amazon|| 21,785 en Livres et œuvres originales Audible (Voir les 100 premiers en Livres et œuvres originales Audible) |
42 en Santé sexuelle et reproductive
172 en Études de genre
660 en Philosophie (Livres et œuvres originales Audible)
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Saying that, this is good philosophy. It just isn’t great non-fiction. The writing is clear and cadenced but lacks variety and texture and an instinct for narrative. This would be better as an academic book, and maybe I’m being harder on it because of context, and because its many good points make its drawbacks more frustrating. Maybe the main problem is not the writing but the hype - the PR machine and inflated pull quotes keep trying to position this tepid book as somehow explosive and game-changing. If only it was. But, just like sex itself, you can’t rationally convince readers to be shaken up and taken over by someone’s writing, just because you tell them it’s a good idea.
Srinivasan notes (p. xiv) the distinction between sex and gender. Sex (male/female) is primarily-physical, biological, binary, determined at conception, and unchangeable. Gender (masculinity/femininity), i.e., the meanings ascribed to the two sexes, is mental, cultural, not binary but culturally and historically diverse, a matter of degree, and changeable.
One might expect an analytical mind to try to disentangle sex and gender, using the wealth of biological, psychological and anthropological evidence that enables this. Instead, all that evidence is ignored, and sex and gender are conflated throughout.
Every difference between the sexes is attributed to culture, to patriarchy. Repeatedly (e.g., pp 76-7, 83, 103, 108, 138, 143), Srinivasan asserts that some trait (e.g., male risk-taking and competitiveness, heterosexual desire) is not natural, but taught, with no supporting evidence and despite all the contrary evidence from evolutionary biology, psychology and anthroplogy.
The conceptual confusion of sex and gender, and the denial of biology, reaches its nadir in the claim that men who identify with femininity miraculously become women ("women with penises"). Here (p. 89), Srinivasan explicitly conflates identity (what a person claims to be) with being (what they are). Donald Trump identifies as a very stable genius, so Srinivasan must think he is one.
Denial of humans' mammalian nature means that this would-be radical shares a pre-Darwinian view of human nature with religious conservatives.
Achieving equality between the sexes requires knowing the sources of the psychological differences between them. The pretence that all those differences are merely cultural artefacts dooms its advocates to failure.