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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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Appropriating Women's Bodies: The Form and Function of Men's Sexual Intimidation of Women

Appropriating Women's Bodies: The Form and Function of Men's Sexual Intimidation of Women

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(p.155) 5 Appropriating Women's Bodies: The Form and Function of Men's Sexual Intimidation of Women
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Loose Women, Lecherous Men
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Linda LeMoncheck

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195105568.003.0006

One of the ways that individual women are punished for defying patriarchal models of feminine sexuality is by being denigrated to the status of “loose woman.” Moreover, so-called good girls acquire and maintain their good-girl status by acquiescing to the sexual intimidation of men—if not by appearing to submit to men's sexual persistence, then by actually relenting to ultimately coercive sexual advances. From this perspective, men's sexual harassment, rape, battery, and sexual abuse of women and girls are the visible exemplars of men's attempts to insure that women stay well within the boundaries of male-identified conceptions of women's “proper place.” This chapter analyzes women's sexual intimidation under patriarchy from the “view from somewhere different,” a perspective that provides a viable context and legitimacy for the diversity of voices within feminist debates over women's sexuality. This perspective requires that we recognize not only the ways in which gender politicizes sexuality under conditions of male dominance but also the ways in which sexuality informs gender with liberating strategies for women's (and men's) sexual pleasure, agency, and self-definition.

Keywords:   women, sexual intimidation, sexuality, gender, sexual pleasure, sexual harassment, sexual abuse, patriarchy

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