‘Freedom to’ and ‘freedom from’: A new vision for sex-positive politics

@article{Fahs2014FreedomTA,
  title={‘Freedom to’ and ‘freedom from’: A new vision for sex-positive politics},
  author={Breanne Fahs},
  journal={Sexualities},
  year={2014},
  volume={17},
  pages={267 - 290}
}
  • Breanne Fahs
  • Published 1 March 2014
  • Sociology, Psychology
  • Sexualities
While the sex-positive movement has made a significant contribution to the advancement of women's sexuality, much of this work has emphasized ‘positive liberty,’ that is, women's freedom to expand sexual expression and sexual diversity. This work has largely ignored women's freedom from oppressive mandates and requirements about their sexuality, that is, ‘negative liberty.’ Drawing upon anarchist theories from the 19th and 20th centuries, political theories of positive and negative liberty… 

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