The Right to Sex
How should we talk 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.
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 need to interrogate the fraught relationships between discrimination and preference, pornography and freedom, rape and racial injustice, punishment and accountability, pleasure and power, capitalism and liberation. We need to rethink sex as a political phenomenon.
Searching, trenchant and extraordinarily original, The Right to Sex is a landmark examination of the politics and ethics of sex in this world, animated by the hope of a different one.
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The Right to Sex clears the slate for others to imagine a future in which physical intimacy is, in [Srinivasan’s] words, equal, joyful, and free.
I cannot say enough about this book. How crucial. How brilliant. How absolutely gratifying to see a mind at work like Srinivisan’s, handling the profane and the erudite with equal clear, unflinching diamond prose.
The essays in Amia Srinivasan’s The Right to Sex raised so many paradoxes and reversals about sex and power and justice, in such intelligent and intense prose, that my copy is now smudged and overwritten with notes and scribbles and simple underlinings – some mute version of applause.
Laser-cut writing and a stunning intellect. If only every
writer made this much beautiful sense.
Dazzling ... [a] brilliant, rigorous book.
Srinivasan demonstrates how the feminist philosopher can emancipate our basic ethical concepts from the stranglehold of patriarchy, capitalism, and state racism – and this is a remarkable and promising effort.Judith Butler
To accompany Srinivasan on her thought-work into unpacking, questioning, considering, contextualizing, and deepening contemporary feminist issues is to be stretched into new shapes that the world needs. Srinivasan’s powerful thinking is matched by her powerful language, often striking like an electric revelation at the core of an issue. [The Right to Sex] is required reading.
Rigorously researched, but written with such spark and verve. The best non-fiction book I have read this year.
Her ambitious, magisterial work stands out in the ongoing tide of dull, girlboss feminism.
I believe Amia Srinivasan's work will change the world
From its luminous beginning words, Amia Srinivasan’s magnificent first book announces itself as a classic.
The Right to Sex reminds us of the foundational complexities to Women's Liberation ideas and why we are still grappling with them. This gathering of evidence invites readers to create new knowledge.
`In these essays, Amia Srinivisan takes on some
of the biggest challenges of sexual politics in our time. The finesse, energy and scrupulous care with which she does so will confirm her growing reputation as an important and fearless feminist thinker.’
Unparalleled and extraordinary... A bracing revivification of a crucial lineage in feminist writing.