Thursday, November 1, 2007

Pleasure and Danger

The tension between sexual pleasure and sexual danger is a powerful one in women’s lives. Sexuality is simultaneously a domain of restriction, repression, and danger as well as a domain of exploration, pleasure, and agency. To focus only on pleasure and gratification ignores the patriarchal structure in which women act, yet to speak only of sexual violence and oppression ignores women’s experience with sexual agency and choice and unwittingly increases the sexual terror and despair in which women live. [Vance, Carole S. (1984). Pleasure and Danger: Towards a Politics of Sexuality. In Carole S. Vance, (ed.) Pleasure and Danger: Exploring Female Sexuality. Boston: Routledge & Kegan Paul. (p. 1)]