Sunday, November 15, 2015

Blog Post #10

Ann Ferguson, Sex War: The Debate between Radical and Liberation Feminists


When I first read this article I was trying to figure out which feminist "group" I fell under the Radical or Libertarian. As I read the article more in depth I realized that I was neither one and that the author's argument is just that. Ann Ferguson stated, "Both sides are working with a number of philosophical assumptions about the nature of sexuality, power and freedom that have never been properly developed and defended". This makes sense it can't be a valid argument if all they are relying on are assumptions. As I read why they felt so strongly about their views on sexual privilege I realized that I agreed with a little bit of both. So where would I stand if I am in between? By saying "feminists should be free to choose between basic and risky practices without fear of moral condemnation from other feminists." This makes more sense and helps people like me who agree, "the ideal sexual relationship is between fully consenting equal partners who negotiate to maximize one another's sexual pleasure and satisfaction by any means they choose". I believe that we should embrace our sexuality and our sexual urges. She claims that both feminist groups are arguing things that aren't mutually exclusive. In the reading she proposes a "solution" to the problem between the Radical and Liberation Feminists, "I argue instead, that we should develop feminist erotica and sex education that aims to make people conscious of these contradictions in order to encourage new forms of feminist fantasy production". I don't really know what she means by "feminist fantasy production". I would like to know what it means to try to understand her "solution" to this problem.

What does sex positivity mean to you?


  1. When I read the article I was confused as which group I fell under. I agree in some way that I fall under both. Its almost like an in between in a Ven Diagram, two circles connected right in the middle. The middle representing the group of people that feel slightly unsure.

  2. I believe that when she talks about "feminist fantasy production" she is talking about creating erotica where the women are equal to the men instead of the mainstream erotica we are surrounded with where the men are all in control and the women are just passive recipients.