Toward a Conversation about Sex in Feminism: A Modest Proposal

  title={Toward a Conversation about Sex in Feminism: A Modest Proposal},
  author={Carole S. Vance and Ann Barr Snitow},
  journal={Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society},
  pages={126 - 135}
  • C. Vance, A. Snitow
  • Published 1 October 1984
  • Sociology
  • Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society
Any attempt to assess the meaning of recent debates about sexuality within American feminism can only begin by acknowledging that this is as yet a very underdeveloped conversation.35 We inherit an inadequate vocabulary to describe women's experience. For example, in candid discussion with other women, consciousness-raising style, words like "orgasm" and "lesbian" turn out to be inadequate labels for breathtakingly diverse experiences. We inherit sexological studies conducted from a male… 
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