Yes Means Yes: Getting Explicit about Heterosex

Front Cover
Allen & Unwin, 2002 - Psychology - 204 pages
1 Review
This text explores female heterosexuality from a historical perspective. It argues that the so-called mass media is currently way ahead of theory in terms of recognition of women's diverse desires and pleasures. In both psychoanalytic and sexological writing, there appears to be an assumption that a woman who wants sex, particularly bad or slutty sex, is in some way masculine - that she identifies with men rather than women. This assumption is reproduced in feminist writing which sees a sexually active woman as either duped or colluding with the oppressor.
  

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Selected pages

Contents

Introduction
vi
Experts and Sexperts
1
Straight Feminism
24
Fun with Fetishes and Freud
42
Sex and Violence
64
Faking It
85
Amateurs Homies and DIY Porn
105
Seminal Thoughts
127
Backdoor Action
145
Getting to Yes From Compulsory Heterosexuality to Ethical Heterosex
170
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

Popular passages

Page 68 - It should not involve pornography, fetish objects, sex toys of any sort, or roles other than male and female. Any sex that violates these rules is "bad," "abnormal," or "unnatural." Bad sex may be homosexual, unmarried, promiscuous, nonprocreative, or commercial. It may be masturbatory or take place at orgies, may be casual, may cross generational lines, and may take place in "public," or at least in the bushes or the baths.
Page 43 - On the other hand, the abandonment of the reproductive function is the common feature of all perversions. We actually describe a sexual activity as perverse if it has given up the aim of reproduction and pursues the attainment of pleasure as an aim independent of it.
Page 68 - According to this system, sexuality that is "good," "normal" and "natural" should ideally be heterosexual, marital, monogamous, reproductive, and non-commercial. It should be coupled, relational, within the same generation, and occur at home. It should not involve pornography, fetish objects, sex toys of any sort, or roles other than male or female. Any sex that violates these rules is "bad," "abnormal,
Page 68 - Most systems of sexual judgment - religious, psychological, feminist, or socialist - attempt to determine on which side of the line a particular act falls. Only sex acts on the good side of the line are accorded moral complexity. For instance, heterosexual encounters may be sublime or disgusting, free or forced, healing or destructive, romantic or mercenary. As long as it does not violate other rules, heterosexuality is acknowledged to exhibit the full range of human experience.
Page 31 - Straight women are confused by men, don't put women first. They betray lesbians and in its deepest form, they betray their own selves. You can't build a strong movement if your sisters are out there fucking with the...
Page 26 - If I Can't Dance I Don't Want to Be Part of Your Revolution.
Page 110 - The whore is pome, the lowest whore, the whore who belongs to all male citizens: the slut, the cunt. Buying her is buying pornography. Having her is having pornography. Seeing her is seeing pornography. Seeing her sex, especially her genitals, is seeing pornography. Seeing her in sex is seeing the whore in sex. Using her is using pornography. Wanting her means wanting pornography. Being her means being pornography.

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (2002)

Kath Albury is a researcher of sexuality in media and popular culture and an honorary research associate at the University of Sydney. She is a chief investigator on the Understanding Pornography in Australia project and the author of "Yes Means Yes: Getting Explicit About Heterosex,

Bibliographic information