1. What is seen as degrading by one viewer may in fact not be so seen by another, much in the same way that one person’s erotica is another’s pornography.
    — "Statement of Dr. Judith Becker and Ellen Levine" en Attorney General’s Commission on Pornography, Final Report (Meese Report), 1986.
  2. 15:30 27th Mar 2014

    Notes: 1

    A democratic morality should judge sexual acts by the way partners treat one another, the level of mutual consideration, the presence or absence of coercion, and the quantity and quality of the pleasures they provide. Whether sex acts are gay or straight, coupled or in groups, naked or in underwear, commercial or free, with or without video should not be ethical concerns.
    It is difficult to develop a pluralistic sexual ethics without a concept of benign sexual variation. Variation is a fundamental property of all life, from the simplest biological organisms to the most complex human social formations.
    — Gayle S. Rubin, Thinking Sex: Notes for a Radical Theory of the Politics of Sexuality
  3. The belly’s hunger gives no clues as to the complexities of cuisine.
    — Gayle S. Rubin, Thinking Sex: Notes for a Radical Theory of the Politics of Sexuality
  4. 14:15 26th Mar 2014

    Notes: 8

    This culture always treats sex with suspicion. It construes and judges almost any sexual practice in terms of its worst possible expression. Sex is presumed guilty until proven innocent. Virtually all erotic behavior is considered bad unless a specific reason to exempt it has been established. The most acceptable excuses are marriage, reproduction, and love. Sometimes scientific curiosity, aesthetic experience, or a long-term intimate relationship may serve. But the exercise of erotic capacity, intelligence, curiosity, or creativity all require pretexts that are unnecessary for other pleasures, such as the enjoyment of food, fiction, or astronomy.
    — Gayle S. Rubin, Thinking Sex: Notes for a Radical Theory of the Politics of Sexuality
  5. In addition to sexual essentialism, there are at least five other ideological formations whose grip on sexual thought is so strong that to fail to discuss them is to remain enmeshed within them. These are sex negativity, the fallacy of misplaced scale, the hierarchical valuation of sex acts, the domino theory of sexual peril, and the lack of a concept of benign sexual variation.
    — Gayle S. Rubin, Thinking Sex: Notes for a Radical Theory of the Politics of Sexuality
  6. 13:35

    Notes: 12

    Sexuality is as much a human product as are diets, methods of transportation, systems of etiquette, forms of labor, types of entertainment, processes of production, and modes of oppression. Once sex is understood in terms of social analysis and historical understanding, a more realistic politics of sexbecomes possible. One may then think of sexual politics in terms of such phenomena as populations, neighborhoods, settlement patterns, migration, urban conflict, epidemiology, and police technology. These are more fruitful categories of thought than the more traditional ones of sin, disease, neurosis, pathology, decadence, pollution, or the decline and fall of empires.
    — Gayle S. Rubin, Thinking Sex: Notes for a Radical Theory of the Politics of Sexuality
  7. Whatever men’s motivations or sources of insecurity, harassment is a central process through which the image of (certain) work as masculine is sustained. If there are no women in the job, then the work’s content can be described exclusively in terms of the manly personal characteristics of those who do it. If, on the other hand, women are actually succeeding at the work, it becomes far more difficult to define the job with reference to stereotypically masculine images.
    — Vicki Schultz, Reconceptualizing Sexual Harassment
  8. Gaga feminism, or the feminism (pheminism?) of the phony, the unreal, and the speculative, is simultaneously a monstrous outgrowth of the unstable concept of ‘woman’ in feminist theory, a celebration of the joining of femininity to artifice, and a refusal of the mushy sentimentalism that has been siphoned into the category of womanhood.
    — J. Jack Halberstam, Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal
  9. 11:00 10th Mar 2014

    Notes: 4

    [T]he parade of horrors demonstrating the systematic victimization of women often produces the criticism that for me to say women are victimized reinforces the stereotype that women “are” victims, which in turn contributes to their victimization. If this stereotype is a stereotype, it has already been accomplished, and I come after. To those who think “it isn’t good for women to think of themselves as victims,” and thus seek to deny the reality of their victimization, how can it be good for women to deny what is happening to them? Since when is politics therapy?
    — Catharine A. MacKinnon, Feminism Unmodified, citada en Kathryn Abrams, Sex Wars Redux: Agency and Coercion in Feminist Legal Theory
  10. Another big piece of the gender puzzle