“Female sexuality has always been conceptualized on the basis of masculine parameters.”
This is the first sentence to a reading I’m doing right now. This excerpt is from This Sex Which Is Not One. It hit me like a punch in the gut when I read it so I wanted to share it. It asks so many questions. Do we really conceptualize female sexuality based on a male parameter? Why do we do that? What would it look like if we didn’t?
One question of interest for me lately is this: how frequently is sexuality taught in ways that benefit men or simply use masculine language? When we talk about the male orgasm and ejaculation do we equally reference the female orgasm and female pleasure? What messages are kids getting about sex and do those messages foster respect regardless of gender identity?
Let me know what you think.