Sexuality And The Female Body

1715 Words May 2nd, 2016 7 Pages
Sex. A lot of people have it, a lot of people want to have it, and it is generally considered a pretty great thing, but why are there so many taboos surrounding sex? Particularly, there seems to be a lot a taboos pertaining to women and their relationship with sex. Society has always been uncomfortable with women expressing their sexuality and often downplays women’s capacities for sexual pleasure. Our literature reflects this. Women in literature do not often express their sexuality openly, or if they do, they are vilified. If the women are not vilified, the book will often be banned (like several of the books we’ve read in class, like Mrs. Warren’s Profession and Chéri). Peggy Orenstein’s article When Did Porn Become Sex Ed? illustrates taboos around female sexuality and the female body. Also, how it has trickled down into our education and how women are forced to find outside (and often unreliable) sources in finding answers to their questions about their own sexuality. Both in literature and in real life, when women ignore or disregard sexual taboos, they are resented because it makes people uncomfortable and people are not willing to accept women being in control of their own sexuality and, by extension, their bodies. As such, women’s sex education is defined by periods, reproduction and everything that can go wrong during sex (unwanted pregnancies, STDs, you get the gist) and in literature women who pursue sexual pleasure and gratification are never portrayed…
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