Yes Means Yes!: Visions of Female Sexual Power and A World Without Rape

By Jaclyn Friedman, Jessica Valenti

In this groundbreaking new examine rape edited through author and activist Jaclyn Freidman and Full Frontal Feminism and He’s A Stud, She’s A Slut writer Jessica Valenti, the way in which we view rape in our tradition is ultimately dismantled and changed with a real realizing and admire for lady sexual excitement. Feminist, political, and activist writers alike will current their principles for a paradigm shift from the “No ability No” model—an strategy that whereas priceless for the place we have been in 1974, wishes an overhaul today.

Yes ability Yes will carry to the desk a stunning number of views and studies thinking about the idea that teaching everyone to price woman sexuality and enjoyment results in viewing girls another way, and finishing rape. Yes skill Yes goals to have radical and far-reaching results: from instructing males to regard ladies as collaborators and never conquests, encouraging women and men that ladies can get pleasure from intercourse rather than being shamed for it, and finally, that our kids can inherit a global the place rape is unusual and speedily punished. With statement on public intercourse schooling, pornography, mass media, Yes skill Yes is a strong and innovative anthology.

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In constructing that imaginative and prescient, gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender (LGBT) activists not just declared a kind of homosexual delight, but additionally later could even co-opt the language of civil rights. We see it this day in calls for for same-sex marriage with no consideration. And whereas LGBT makes use of of civil rights language may well rub a few African american citizens the opposite direction, i'd say it's time for blacks—specifically, black women—to take anything again. Isn’t it time for heterosexual black girls to undertake the language of queerness to unfastened us from Mammy’s apron strings?

1 So why may still intercourse be any diversified? after we strategize approximately finishing rape tradition, we should always keep in mind that it really is not more remoted a phenomenon than rape itself is. notwithstanding the shape and depth range, any oppression you care to call works at the least partially through controlling or claiming possession of the our bodies of these oppressed—slavery and the prison-industrial complicated being purely the main severe examples. during this feel, rape tradition works through proscribing a person’s regulate of hir physique, restricting hir experience of possession of it, and granting others a feeling of entitlement to it.

It comes all the way down to intercourse. being pregnant is obvious proof girl has had intercourse (excluding, in fact, those that have utilized in vitro fertilization and different reproductive technologies). To many contributors of the general public, specific sorts of ladies having intercourse are thought of not just bad and disgusting, yet immoral, even felony. those that could keep an eye on women’s sexuality assault girls in numerous methods; nowhere are those efforts extra blatant than within the arrest and prosecution of the main weak girls: low-income ladies of colour who're drug-dependent and pregnant.

Too again and again in radical left circles, we uphold similar to the guy who transforms himself from being hypermasculine and self-destructive to being hypermasculine and progressive, yet fail to increase this related photograph to the ratings of heroic, deserving womyn who've remodeled themselves from sufferers of a lifetime of subjugation and violence into radical, self-loving feminists who use those own struggles as a catalyst to create radical social swap. and that i do think within the radical danger to transform ourselves into real revolutionaries, to upward thrust extra than our personal imaginations have been in a position to foresee, and to upward thrust above a lifetime of violence and rape.

The normal individualistic efforts to strive against rape fall manner brief while the abuses opposed to immigrant girls take place partly due to their place within the higher buildings of poverty and racism. Even the efforts to empower girls and make sure their sexual autonomy, that are evidently vital, won’t serve immigrant ladies until eventually we paintings to right the bigger type imbalances that strength them into those weak positions. once we take a step again from the reviews of person immigrants crossing into the us, we will be able to see a posh institutional constitution that aids and abets those kinds of sexual violence.

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