QotD: “By some mysterious process all that pertains to sex in this society has been separated off from politics”

By some mysterious process all that pertains to sex in this society has been separated off from politics, even by those who would consider themselves socialist and radicals. In order to make sexual practice a private enclave of individual delight, sexuality has been seen as somehow removed from the effects of sexism, racism, any oppression in the world outside the bedroom, and considered to have no effect upon or relevance to that world. In fact sex plays a crucial part in fuelling and regulating the oppression of women and racist oppression. There is nothing pure about sex nor anything which might claim for it a special exemption from political criticism.

Sheila Jeffreys, “Sadomasochism: The Erotic Cult of Fascism” (originally written in 1984, published in Lesbian Ethics in 1986), appendix to The Lesbian Heresy: A Feminist Perspective on the Lesbian Sexual Revolution (1993), p. 218
(found at Pomeranian Privilege)

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