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Freedom Fallacy: The Limits of Liberal Feminism


This chapter is about the state of contemporary feminism and how it relates to the porn culture that surrounds us. This is important because whatever porn culture is, and there are a variety of definitions, it's not what feminists, or women, or anybody with a lick of sense, ever meant by "sexual liberation." There have, however, been contentious debates between radical and liberal feminists about the relationship between pornography, power and choice. I aim to unravel some of those debates here and highlight how liberal notions of "choice," favored by self-proclaimed "third-wave feminists," confuse and undermine our thinking not only about pornography, but about women's oppression and patriarchy generally.

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The document is made available for download pending permission from the publisher. Citation information for the book: Meagan Tyler and Miranda Kiraly, eds., Freedom Fallacy: The Limits of Liberal Feminism, Connor Court Publishing, 2015.

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