Author: Noel Murphy
Is the media intentionally turning the sexes against each other in an attempt to sell us the idea that we are the same?
Is 3rd wave feminism the death of sexual honesty?
Is it the death of the sexual revolution and what role does 3rd wave feminism play in this?
Ideals of ‘perfection’ regarding the female body and its representations have been a
mainstay of modern western societies as early as the nineteenth century. (Brumberg,
1997) In the past, girls and young women were preoccupied with good looks and the
‘promise’ of their sexuality because it often meant the difference between being married
and thus a social success, or a life of spinsterhood. In this historical context, female
sexuality was linked to economic survival. Girls and young women are no longer
constrained by the ‘marry-or-perish’ imperative of the nineteenth and early twentieth
century but how you look and more importantly, how you depict yourself continue to be
defining factor of social success.
Has the shifting meanings of girlhood and female sexuality changed this for the worse?
For many years, starting in the 20’s and culminating in the 60’s free love was at the heart of the feminist movement. Women were encouraged to own their orgasm, in these days of #metoo is this now outdated, and if so are men to blame?
Can we not enjoy sex as the dominant or the submissive due to what 3rd wavers call gender roles?
Memoirs of a woman of pleasure or Fanny Hill as it is known better was by English novelist John Cleland and it was first published in London in 1748.
I sit down to give you an undeniable proof of my considering your desires as indispensable orders. Ungracious then as the task may be, I shall recall to view those scandalous stages of my life, out of which I emerg’d, at length, to the enjoyment of every blessing in the power of love, health, and fortune to bestow; whilst yet in the flower of youth, and not too late to employ the leisure afforded me by great ease and affluence, to cultivate an understanding, naturally not a despicable one, and which had, even amidst the whirl of loose pleasures I had been tost in, exerted more observation on the characters and manners of the world than what is common to those of my unhappy profession, who looking on all thought or reflection as their capital enemy, keep it at as great a distance as they can, or destroy it without mercy.”
Could we have a Fanny Hill in 2018?
The Kinks once sang about a love affair with a transexual
“I’m not dumb but I cant understand why she looked like a woman and talked a man.”
Can we now enjoy these lyrics with the curse of feminism?