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“The Right to Sex” by Amia Srinivasan

I purchased this book the other and have just started reading it. I had previously read Srinivasan’s essay for the London Review of Books about Incels and appreciated her deconstruction of desire – that is, that no one is obligated to desire anyone else, that no one has a right to be desired, and that who is desired and who isn’t is a political question.

So far, a couple of chapters in, Srinivasan has touched on the intersections of false rape allegations and systematic racism as well as the anti-pornography movement of the late 1960s.

She includes relevant examples from the United States, the United Kingdom, and India to analyse the relationship between sex and gender, class, race and power.

I’m still trying to pin down Srinivasan’s beliefs about porn and sex work, as I find that she comes across a little sex- and pleasure-negative.

Her writing is engaging and thoughtful but I’ve also noticed a couple of instances where she could’ve included a highly relevant and prominent example yet failed to do so.

I’m looking forward to reading the rest of this book and seeing if any of my beliefs about sex, pleasure, desire, and masculinity are challenged.


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