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Loose Women, Lecherous MenA Feminist Philosophy of Sex$
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Linda LeMoncheck

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780195105568

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195105568.001.0001

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Loose Women, Lecherous Men

Linda LeMoncheck

Oxford University Press

This book introduces a feminist philosophy of sex whose express purpose is to advance the dialogue among the competing viewpoints on women's sexual liberation. It argues that a philosophical and feminist dialogue on women's sexual liberation is possible if women's sexuality—the erotic passions, pleasures, and preferences that circumscribe women as sexually desiring and desirable beings—is examined from two equally compelling perspectives: the perspective of women's sexual oppression under conditions of individual and institutionalized male dominance; and the perspective of women's sexual liberation, identified both in terms of each woman's personal pursuit of sexual agency and self-definition and in terms of the sexual liberation of women as a class. This book believes that a caring as well as critical understanding of this variety is essential to a feminism committed to cultural pluralism and social equity.

Keywords:   feminism, sex, women, sexual liberation, sexual oppression, sexuality, erotic passions, sexual agency, feminist philosophy, social equity

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