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This quantity examines debatable faultlines in modern feminism pornography, the sweetness fantasy, sadomasochism, prostitution, and the difficulty of rape from an unique and provocative point of view. Lynn Chancer specializes in how, between many feminists, the suggestions of intercourse and sexism turned fragmented and jointly specific. Exploring the dichotomy among intercourse and sexism because it has constructed via 5 present feminist debates, Chancer seeks to forge positions that bridge oppositions among pointless (and occasionally unwitting) "either/or" binaries. Chancer's e-book makes an attempt to include either the necessity for sexual freedom and the intensity of sexist subordination into feminist idea and politics."

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This chapter's purpose is to explore how such an ironic predicament itself became possible, and why. Looks-ism: An Overview I do not employ the word looks-ism devoid of irony, but rather with some skepticism about the infinite multiplication of "isms" conceivable amid human interaction. So many isms have been generated that one wonders whether oppression itself, its most common contours and general motivations, has been banished as a focal point for intellectual scrutiny. No, I mean to highlight something else by referring to looks-ism as a phenomenon discriminatory insofar as it sets up categorical divisions, placing far greater importance for one sex than the other on the cultivation and maintenance of particular bodily appearances to gain love, status, and recognition.

With these thoughts in mind, I have divided the following remarks into three brief sections. I first review Strossen's contribution in Defending Pornography; this part treats her book as a thesis before moving in the second section toward an antithesis, namely, the question of why MacKinnon and Dworkin have continued to garner support despite the logical arguments of the anticensorship arguments. Third, and finally, I consider how and whether it might be possible to move beyond what is ultimately a self-defeating and much too dichotomized situation for feminists of all persuasions, ages, and backgrounds.

But even if Strossen succeeds in presenting the issue persuasively both in principle and law , ― 66 ― other theoretical and political questions about pornography's relationship to feminism remain unsettled and unsettling. Other queries need be posed: for one, how serious are the debates, the relative divides, sketched above? Do they indeed affect, largely or at all, whether feminism(s) can move beyond the defensive and worsening impasse of much of the 1980s and 1990s? Moreover, as some feminists have suggested, it may be absurd and inappropriate to be bothering now with sex debates at all.

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