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Bloomsbury presents The Right to Sex by Amia Srinivasan, read by Andia Winslow.

How should we talk about sex? It is a thing we have and also a thing we do: a supposedly private act laden with public meaning, a personal preference shaped by outside forces, a place where pleasure and ethics can pull wildly apart.

Since #MeToo, many have fixed on consent as the key framework for achieving sexual justice. Yet consent is a blunt tool. To grasp sex in all its complexity - its deep ambivalences, its relationship to gender, class, race and power - we need to move beyond ‘yes and no’, wanted and unwanted.

We need to interrogate the fraught relationships between discrimination and preference, pornography and freedom, rape and racial injustice, punishment and accountability, pleasure and power, capitalism and liberation. We need to rethink sex as a political phenomenon.

Searching, trenchant and extraordinarily original, The Right to Sex is a landmark examination of the politics and ethics of sex in this world, animated by the hope of a different one.

©2021 Amia Srinivasan (P)2021 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Critic Reviews

"Amia Srinivasan is the most brilliant feminist theorist writing today. Each essay in The Right to Sex is a masterpiece on its own; taken together, they show how learning to think carefully and precisely about the politics of desire is the preeminent ethical project of our time." (Merve Emre)

"Unparalleled and extraordinary.... A bracing revivification of a crucial lineage in feminist writing." (Jia Tolentino)

"Laser-cut writing and a stunning intellect. If only every writer made this much beautiful sense." (Lisa Taddeo, best-selling author of Three Women)

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  • 12-02-21

fantastic

I loved it. I haven't read a book this well argued in a very long time. Audio quality and narration was on point too.

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  • Arkhidamos
  • 11-21-21

A vital, necessary book for all

I first came across Amia Srinivasan in the London Review of Books, in a truly remarkable analysis of the the “Incel” phenomenon, where her key insights included identifying traditional masculinity and its role in sustaining social hierarchy as the real enemy of the incels, as well as questioning the pre-political status accorded to sexual desire. This is repeated here, alongside many other key insights and points - backed up with real statistics and case studies.

Going far outside the usual stories in the press, from Hollywood and Washington, Srinivasan exposes the racial and class tensions in #BelieveHer, the way that even something that seems positive and simple can rebound to the advantage of those at the top of the social hierarchy. Myths, commonly believed but baseless, are exploded, including the classic trope about the false rape-accusing woman. Srinivasan correctly identifies the role of the state as the problem - the enemy of a man accused of rape is not the woman, it is police and prosecutorial misconduct, in the main.

Questions are asked about what we should demand, from the state, from employers, from each other, in a way that goes beyond the really boneheaded rubbish one sees in the press, both by so-called “feminists” or the blowhard micro-penis types one reads in the conservative press, throwing their dummies out of the pram because anyone dares question the privileges of wealthy, white, able-bodied men. For my money this book is a sensitive, nuanced book that everyone, regardless of their perspective, will get something out of.

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  • Rebekah
  • 10-29-21

short but thoughtful

brief intersectional overview of different politicised aspects of sex. i particularly enjoyed the chapter on the ethics (or lack thereof) of student-professor relationships, which is particularly topical following the al jezeera degrees of abuse expose.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-05-21

Some good points made

Book was okay not a book not a book I could recommend.. title can be misleading.

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  • Yolani Fernando
  • 09-19-21

Absolutely essential reading

To be read again and again and again. The book offers no answers but lays the ground work for more thoughtful debate on the most pressing issues for feminism. Great narration made it a very easy listen.

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  • Аmazon Customer
  • 09-14-21

Amazing

Such an amazing book. The themes covered in the book are well balanced, and translate completely to so many other areas of inequalities. Loved it!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-30-21

An essential listen

Fascinating and essential reading for so many. This is a really good listen and so valuable a resource for men and women seeking to effect real change in a world that is moving fast.

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  • Mary Mercy
  • 08-28-21

Challenging cover of complex subjects

Brilliant read. Srinivasan deals with highly complex subjects exploring them from all angles challenging you to question your own beliefs and reasoning - what more could you want from philosophy?