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Just because our desires aren’t wrong doesn’t mean we should reproduce them

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Sex is no longer morally problematic or unproblematic: it is instead merely wanted or unwanted. In this sense, the norms of sex are like the norms of capitalist free exchange. What matters is not what conditions give rise to the dynamics of supply and demand – why some people need to sell their labour while others buy it – but only that both buyer and seller have agreed to the transfer….

Yet it would be disingenuous to make nothing of the convergence, however unintentional, between sex positivity and liberalism in their shared reluctance to interrogate the formation of our desires.

Why do we choose what we choose? What would we choose if we had a real choice?”

via Amia Srinivasan · Does anyone have the right to sex? · LRB 22 March 2018

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