Radical feminism is a perspective within feminism that calls for a radical reordering of society in which male supremacy is eliminated in all social and economic contexts. Radical feminists view society as fundamentally a patriarchy in which men dominate and oppress women. Radical feminists seek to abolish the patriarchy in order to "liberate everyone from an unjust society by challenging existing social norms and institutions.
Speaking from a growing global sex worker rights movement, and situating their argument firmly within wider questions of migration, work, feminism, and resistance to white supremacy, they make clear that anyone committed to working towards justice and freedom should be in support of the sex worker rights movement. It must focus on those at the bottom, and fight for the world they deserve. And that means targeting capitalism.
Sex-positive feminismalso known as pro-sex feminismsex-radical feminismor sexually liberal feminismis a movement that began in the early s centering on the idea that sexual freedom is an essential component of women's freedom. Some became involved in the sex-positive feminist movement in response to efforts by anti-pornography feminists to put pornography at the center of a feminist explanation of women's oppression. Other feminists identifying as sex-positive became involved in the debate, not in opposition to other feminists, but in direct response to what they saw as patriarchal control of sexuality.
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Lauren Rosewarne does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Although sex workers around the world lobby for decriminalisation, sex work law remains controversial. This article is part of a series exploring sex work and regulatory reform.
For many socialist feminists, critiquing liberal feminism is easy. Many of us came to socialism from liberalism and have a clear understanding of its limits and flaws. However, the history and substance of radical feminism is less well known.
I thought I knew about feminism. I studied feminist theory, went to feminist gatherings and listened to feminist podcasts. I had read enough statistics and policy reports before I started to know that women in prisons were in desperate need of a little female empowerment.
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Porn is more popular than ever, nude photos have become a digital currency for blackmailers and the legalisation of prostitution is a government talking point. But how to tackle these issues? The so-called feminist sex wars — the differing approaches of feminists towards issues like porn and prostitution — have raged for decades, but in the age of the internet, sexbots and fourth-wave feminism, the debate has been pushed back into the spotlight.
I remember looking at other girls who started developing breasts and thinking about how cool it was that their shirt formed a gap when it was tight across their chests. I wished mine would do that, but my breasts were still too small. In high school, I started caking layers of drug store makeup across my face in an attempt to hide my breakouts, and I would spend hours straightening my long, naturally curly hair. I wore too much eyeliner to distract areas I perceived as flaws.