By Mary Maynard
Sexuality and sexual politics were a lot debated during the last two decades and feminists, particularly, were chargeable for politicising the talk, declaring how anything that is frequently considered as deepest and private is, in reality, a public and political factor. this article illustrates the variety and pleasure of debates approximately sexuality in women's reports and feminism this day, and issues to new paths for feminist research, considering and motion. specifically, heterosexuality can now not be taken with no consideration and needs to, in addition to other kinds of sexuality, be explicitly addressed. the quantity is split into 3 sections: "Analysing (Hetero)sexuality" is worried with exploring many of the complexities of the fabric facets of sexual family members among women and men; "Media Discourses of Sexuality" comprises analyses derived from women's magazines, tv and newspapers; and "Practising Sexual Politics" specializes in the reflexive know-how of sexual politics within the framing of methodological matters in examine.
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It is here assumed that the microprocesses of power can simply be read off from the structural level. It certainly cannot be assumed that if women like heterosexual sex we must all be wallowing in a masochistic eroticization of our subordination—the consistent message of the radical lesbian position (Jeffreys, 1990; Kitzinger and Wilkinson, 1993; Kitzinger, 1994). We need to retain a critical perspective on heterosexual pleasure, but one which is more subtle and less condemnatory. However, we should not underestimate the pervasiveness of male power either.
Through history, very different societies have distinguished men from women in quite similar ways which are related to apparent genitalia and reproductive function. What they have differed considerably on is exactly how this is done, what identities are recognized, how boundaries are drawn and ambiguity regulated, and whether everyone has a fixed gender identity. The current insistence in international sport that the bodies of women competitors must be proved by physical testing to be wholly female has not produced any clear anatomical basis for distinguishing ‘more or less female’ from ‘not quite female’, or ‘not female’ from ‘really male’.
However, the classification of ‘men’ and ‘women’ is not infinitely variable. Through history, very different societies have distinguished men from women in quite similar ways which are related to apparent genitalia and reproductive function. What they have differed considerably on is exactly how this is done, what identities are recognized, how boundaries are drawn and ambiguity regulated, and whether everyone has a fixed gender identity. The current insistence in international sport that the bodies of women competitors must be proved by physical testing to be wholly female has not produced any clear anatomical basis for distinguishing ‘more or less female’ from ‘not quite female’, or ‘not female’ from ‘really male’.
HeteroSexual Politics (Heterosexual Politics) by Mary Maynard