When a Fetish Becomes Harmful

Our sex lives are highly personal, so it makes sense that when certain aspects of them are scrutinized, people can become defensive. However, sex is not part of a magical separate sphere immune to social structures of oppression. Therefore, the doors of the bedroom are not a hard line where all critique disappears when it’s crossed. It’s important to remember that sex is inextricably tied into the power dynamics of the outside world. What happens in the bedroom not only reflects the outside world, but can contribute to perpetuating its less than savory aspects…

 

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