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The EssaysThe Best Essay essaysThe best essay me was probably the mid book Coda made out of 88 bullet points critically discussing the fallout and responses over her LRB essay also reproduced because the relatively unpolished style presents a fascinating view of a keen mind working in real time in the midst of fire from all sides Talking to my Students about porn makes the fascinating case that the anti porn feminists weren t wrong just ahead of their time their arguments seem prescient only now when porn has become ubiuitious even authoritative The Conspiracy Against Men starts with the startling I know two men who were I am fairly confident falsely accused of rape before oing to traditional points about how women being disbelieved is far common Sex Carceralism Capitalism wrestles with standard uestions about how a careceral feminism might not be in the interests of all women The weakest essay for me was probably On Not Sleeping With Your Students she make the point that the usual targetting of female students by male teachers inhibits their pedagogical trajectory in a culture that already teaches men and women to interact with and interpret authority and aspiration differently However this seems a little too clean an uncharacteristic unwillingness to recognize disordered and unpredictable narratives about what the erotic and pedagogy consist in her engagement with Jane Gallop for example deals superfically with Gallop s notion of transference leaving out her fascinating if wildly utopian arguments about how proper sexual harrassment has to be seen as a form of sex discrimination otherwise it s just anti sex about the difficulty of assuming the intellect and sex are completely distinct and separate especially for women s studies about how she used sex to humanize people who intimidated her intellectually and how there s a dialectic between feminists who stress women s vulnerability and those who stress liberation Instead Srinivasan assumes sex reduced now to the act instead of Gallop s expansive eroticism can only be only distraction from teaching with instruction now transformed into a sombre professional hierarchical activity with strict boundries that cannot admit transgressive play of any kind Which is fine as policy defense but in the midst of her other expansive essays falls somewhat limp and unsatisfying I listened to this on audio and found the narrator Adia Winslow RIVETING She was fantastic in every way And I think she was the main reason I powered through this relatively short book in just a day or so Although much of the information felt new to me I learned about some books feminists and scholarship I hadnt known about before I am not sure what I am meant to walk away withOr rather My main takeaway from this book is that people should be prioritizing Black women in their feminisms The book with a few sections devoted to Asian women was overwhelmingly filled with examples of Black people This book is exceedingly well researched but I felt it was much heavier when looking at the work of Black thinkers amd activists So now I simply want to read books by and about Black feminists though I was fascinated by the white women she cited earlier in the novel the first half of the book is devoted to porn and feminists really rallied around porn in the 70s So maybe I will read those booksSo I recommend this book on audio which is on Scribd right now And if you re interested in sex and what feminist thinkers have said about sex patriarchy and all that jazz. Nist 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. ,
Why mention it in the first place anyway perhaps the smaller "flawsissues are an editorial fault rather than srinivasan s i really enjoy and respect her work and i look forward to "are an editorial fault rather than srinivasan s i really enjoy and respect her work and i look forward to from her ot a bad book per se but if one is looking for some deep insights or interventions into feminist theory this book would feel uite underwhelming Its a reat book to introduce someone to contemporary feminist issues although even there social reproduction theorists are conspicuously I admire
Srinivasan reatly but I have to say this book wasn t particularly mind blowing for me I wonder if I wasgreatly but I have to say this book wasn t particularly mind blowing for me I wonder if I was the target audience Each essay offers a wonderful introduction to contemporary feminist issues regarding sex including incel culture and student teacher relationships The issue is as someone who had already been exposed to thorough commentary on each of these issues I didn t find that the essays offered any new insight for me I think that for someone who is new to this field this book would be a brilliant read I on the other hand craved detail of a firm Stance On Each Issue I on each issue I don t know Srinivasan personally so I won t make any claims on her passion for the subjects she discusses clearly the time and dedication reuired to research and craft a book like this indicates some level of commitment But at the same time many of her essays lacked a sense of urgency an indication of having personal stakes in each issue which I believe make social commentary most powerful Indeed the essay I enjoyed most was On Not Sleeping with Your Students a chapter where Srinivasan s own teaching experience and personal pedagogy showed through again and again I thought that the other essays lacked this sense of personal involvement Additionally I was often frustrated by the lack of detail iven in many parts of the text Again I think this The Wind on the Heath goes back to my observation that I do not seem to be the target audience for this book for someone just beginning to learn about these topics too much information would be overwhelming But since I already had a decentrasp on each of these topics I uestion why Srinivasan is so hesitant to offer details into the potential solutions for them For example why is it that she only briefly mentions alternatives to carceralism that are already beginning to be implemented at the end of her essay Sex Carceralism Capitalism on the penultimate page of the entire book Why is it that space is not Get Up and Do It! given not only to recognising the issues of the present day but to concrete paths to a better future This is a response I have to many books on feminist issues and maybe I am being too demanding of Srinivasan and authors like her Or perhaps the issue is that this book is borne of academia sensitive to but many levels detached from the very real material needs of the vulnerable people it discusses And maybe there is a discomfort with that observation that I do not yet know how to articulate fully Amia Srinivasan is clearly an excellent analytic philosopher combining analytical prowess with clarity Unfortunately I moing to have to mirror other reviews on this site and suggest that perhaps I wasn t the proper audience for the book for all their sophistication the essays conclusions and complications will likely seem pretty unsuprising for someone plugged into events and discourse around Repeat Performance gender in the last few years in the Anglo American sphere I share her basic political sympathies to be internationalist socialist and radical over affluent centric Anglo American and carceral but maybe because of this agre. Consent as the key framework for achieving sexual justice Yet consent is a blunt tool Torasp sex in all its complexity its deep ambivalences its relationship to ender class race and power we need to move beyond yes and no wanted and unwantedWe 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 femi. By reviving long lost debates central to our contemporary self concepts and juxtaposing them with diasporic Asian feminisms Amia Srinivasan reveals both the material opportunities and dead ends of a century long conscious trajectory towards female empowerment The Right to Sex reminds us of the foundational complexities to Women s Liberation ideas and why we empowerment The Right to Sex reminds us of the foundational complexities to Women s Liberation ideas and why we still rappling with them This The Baron Goes Fast (Baron, gathering of evidence invites readers to create new knowledge I liked this collection Srinivasan s LRB essayot me interested in her work and this has that and essays in the same vein The LRB essay is still probably one of my top 2 but the rest of these really shape out her view of intersectionality and ideals This note from the preface ot me thinking about how activism should feel Feminism envisaged as a home insists on commonality before the fact pushing aside all those who would trouble its domestic idyll A truly inclusionary politics is an uncomfortable unsafe politicsOn Not Sleeping with Your Students is my favorite new essay and this part of the ending was so tender I simply mean that my students are so very young I didn t know when I was in their place how young I was and how young I must have seemed even to those professors who were kind enough to treat me like the fully fledged intellectual I mistakenly thought I was There are plenty of people my students age most of them not in university and will never be who are adults in ways that my students simply aren t My students youthfulness has much to do with the sort of institutions at which I have taught filled with the sort of young people who have been allowed by virtue of their class and race to remain young even as many of their peers have been reuired to row up too uickly This is a pretty dense read so expect that Some of Srinivasan s ideas truly changed my worldview on desire and rights forever so it s worth it She presents all viewpoints and counterarguments so fully that I sometimes wish the writing were sensational and just hammered her ideas lol With your brain on though these are the nuanced takes that will spurn many new thoughts and discussions on not sleeping with your students is for sure the strongest essay and sex carceralism capitalism is the second strongest i agree with some others
that srinivasan s tone still feels too measured and respectful even whensrinivasan s tone still feels too measured and respectful even when comes to peopleideas that she explicitly wants to condemn the fact that catherine mackinnon is undoubtedly the most cited thinker in this book but that srinivasan doesn t really o intoconfront mackinnon s anti sex worker stances feels like an intellectual failure when the entirety of this book is about consideringexploring and then countering ideas in feminism that srinivasan disagrees with
i also think that as a UK based cis feminist shealso think that as a UK based cis feminist she have been clear about who in her citations is trans exclusionary eg what is the point of simply name dropping julie bindel whom srinivasan lists as an anti prostitution feminist and leaves it at that overall i felt that srinivasan spent a little too much time describingsummarising and a bit less time engaging in thorough critiue I would have loved to hear of her very interesting ideas and point of view for instance in the porn essay srinivasan perfunctorily mentions chinese yaoi which is called danmei actually being porn by women for women yet completely fails to mention that the porn DEPICTS MEN which you d think would actually be very interesting to her arguments on the depiction of women in porn if she didn t want to et into it then. 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 sexHow 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 apartHow should we talk about sex Since #MeToo many have fixed on.