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Posted by Christi on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 at 4:04am.

I found MacKinnon's "Sexuality" essay interesting, she argues that women's sexuality is socially constructed by male dominance and that women's subordination result from the sexual dominance of women by men. MacKinnon explains that because men's sexual desires toward women are aggressive and erotic, this can lead to distorted views of women's sexuality and their expected sexual behavior which can then lead to violent male domination over women. Thus, she gives the examples of rape and pornography and how they represent a type of oppression towards women. She states "submission erocticized defines femininity". Meaning all men are aggressive dominator that use women as a submissive victim and that all sex is a form of dominance. Basically male sexuality is sexuality defined for women. Although I enjoyed this essay, I could not stop my self from feeling guilty, thus in a way Mackinnon claims that all type of sexual intercourse or penetration is oppressive to women. Does this mean that by having sex and enjoying it I will be engaging in women's oppression? Though I do understand that an truly agree with MacKinnon that only when women manage to free themselves from this discrimination are we able to develop and build ourselves individually.

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