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Feminist Blogs Afire Over Oral Sex Debate

Salon wittily wades through a debate raging in the feminist blogosphere over whether the act of a woman performing oral sex on a man is inherently demeaning. It’s reg req’d for Salon, but Pandagon sums up most of the argument on her free site.


Salon:

How did the feminist blogs get into a raging debate about blow jobs, feminism, and the patriarchy?

Well, funny story. Heh heh heh. See, best I can tell, Twisty at I Blame the Patriarchy kicked it off by arguing, in response to a post on One Good Thing advising a letter-writer on how not to gag while administering oral sex, that “no woman, since the dawn of the patriarchal co-option of human sexuality, has ever actually enjoyed this submissive sexbot drudgery. There’s a reason that deep-throating a funk-filled bratwurst makes a person retch.* (*Reason, it’s fucking gross.)” Twisty got 230 responses, many of them from women who argued that giving head is an empowering act. And so she followed up, sarcastically opining that she is “chastened.” “I’d forgotten that when it comes to sex, it is the duty of the radical feminist to shut the fuck up,” Twisty wrote. “Sex, which, along with religion…is sacrosanct territory. It is anti-feminist to point out the ideological problems with certain patriarchal sexbot traditions because so many women enjoy patriarchal sexbot traditions…Like Germaine Greer always says, if you wanna nail your nutsack to a breadboard and call it sex, it’s A-OK with me!…It is a well-known fact that most women spring from their beds every morning singing, ‘O I hope I can blow some dude today!'” This post garnered 93 responses.

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