April 22, 2008
The 57th Carnival of Feminists is up at Pandemian. Lots of good stuff in there, as always.
Also, I’m quite honored to have had my post “Once a stripper, always a stripper?” included in the second Feminist Carnival of Sexual Freedom and Autonomy. I’ve barely scratched the surface of all that the carnival has to offer, but it’s already clear to me that there’s so much worth reading there. (And I love the (relatively) academic slant of Meghan Rose’s writing; the word “problematizes” appears in her write-up of my post and I totally went squee a little bit. Yeah, I’m a nerd.) I’m pretty keen on this carnival in general; here’s some background:
This theory of feminism is known more commonly as Sex Positive Feminism, a movement that developed in the 1980s in response to feminists against pornography and prostitution. Sex Positive Feminists (or sex-radical, pro-sex or sexually liberated feminists) believe that women’s sexual freedom is an essential part of women’s autonomy. Any legal or social control or regulation over the sexual self is an attempt to control and regulate women, undermines their freedom and infringes upon their human rights. We are interested in promoting sex workers’ rights, sex education in schools, and we encourage the free expression of sexualities.
Sex Positive Feminists recognise that not all women choose to work within the sex industry and some are grossly exploited, so it is crucial to understand that sex work must be done consensually. Otherwise, it represents another form of control. We understand too that the opposite of sex positive is not sex negative. For more information about Sex Positive Feminism, click here.
I confess I’ve been hesitant to identify as a “sex-positive” feminist, largely because it seems like that phrase is so loaded, and because I think that my own feminism is both simpler and more complex than that. Then again, I suppose that’s what intersectionality is all about…