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"Srinivasan refuses to resort to straw men; she will lay out even the most specious argument clearly and carefully, demonstrating its emotional power, even if her ultimate intention is to dismantle it . . . For a book by a philosopher that makes a vibrant case for theory, The Right to Sex
keeps returning to the reality of lived experience."
–Jennifer Szalai, The New York Times
"This new essay collection takes on pornography, power, desire and more, drawing on earlier feminist tradition and connecting questions of freedom to class, race and disability."
–Joumana Khatib, The New York Times Book Review
"[Srinivasan] shows us how to let philosophical arguments clarify debates within popular culture, and how to read popular culture as a way of wrestling with moral -dilemmas related to sex, feminism, equality, and freedom.
–Judith Butler, New Statesman
Each individual essay in this collection is complex . . . On any given page, Srinivasan will leave you feeling convinced she has found a way out, only to pull the rug out from under you; whenever she says "but," one wants to duck.
–Jennifer Wilson, The New Republic
"Persuasive and daring . . . Srinivasan does not shy away from the difficult tensions that [her thesis] throws into relief."
–Becca Rothfeld, Boston Review
"The Right to Sex
is a truly stunning debut, sure to provoke, unmoor, and inspire many."
–Audrey Clare Farley, Washington Independent Review of Books
"The emergence of a writer like Srinivasan, who asks feminists to go further, is an enormous gift to the discourse."
–Jessica Ferri, The Los Angeles Times
"A daring feminist collection considers pornography, desire and the boundaries within student-teacher relationships . . . Compelling . . . The book effectively highlights how sexual desire–who we are and are not attracted to–is political and affected."
–Rafia Zakaria, The Guardian
"The philosopher's debut, The Right to Sex
, deftly unpacks the politics of sexual desire, the nuances of the call to 'believe women', and fulfills our need for a deeper interrogation of modern feminism . . . [An] urgent call for an intersectional approach to feminism, which is the only way to build an equal society for women . . . Extraordinary."
–Brit Dawson, Dazed
"To accompany Srinivasan on her thought-work into unpacking, questioning, considering, contextualizing, and deepening contemporary feminist issues is to be stretched into new shapes that the world needs. Srinivasan's powerful thinking is matched by her powerful language, often striking like an electric revelation at the core of an issue. [The Right to Sex
] is required reading."
–Emily Dziuban, Booklist
"This exceptionally well-written collection is among the most insightful works yet about sex in modern culture. It effectively merges academic analysis with lived experience in an accessible read that will interest readers from diverse professional and personal backgrounds."
–Sarah Schroeder, Library Journal
"Revelatory . . . Srinivasan's grasp on the arguments and movements of her forebears is spectacular. Her ability to explain complex concepts and issues simply makes the reader's job both easy and enjoyable . . . Srinivasan is a phenomenal philosopher . . . It's up to us to start taking the steps. My explicit recommendation, for what it's worth, is to begin by reading this book."
–Bri Lee, The Monthly
"Srinivasan's true subject is the need for nuance and generosity in contemporary discourse on sex . . . [Written with] gliding rigor and sharp edges . . . She takes her opponents at their strongest, she braves ambiguity, and she holds up contradictory evidence to see if her argument still works . . . Srinavasan's work is too interesting to be perfect. It's superb."
–Naoise Dolan, The Irish Times
"[Srinivasan] boldly examines the politics and ethics of sex–past, present and future–in her new work of non-fiction. The Right To Sex
is a series of essays in which Srinivasan makes her way through consent, pornography, freedom, teacher and student relationships, male grievance, desire, intersectionality and more . . . Her writing will draw you in and teach you something."
–Hannah Millington, The Independent
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"Amia Srinivasan reveals both the material opportunities and dead-ends of a century-long conscious trajectory towards female empowerment. The Right to Sex
reminds us of the foundational complexities to Women's Liberation ideas and why we are still grappling with them. This gathering of evidence invites readers to create new knowledge."
–Sarah Schulman, author of Let the Record Show: A Political History of ACT UP New York, 1987-1993
"From its luminous beginning words, Amia Srinivasan's magnificent first book announces itself as a classic. Already one of our most superlative philosophers and stylish essayists, Srinivasan shows that concern for the plight of the most oppressed is never disconnected from general explorations of and movements for free lives for everyone, and the renovated social order our common future requires."
–Samuel Moyn, author of Humane: How the United States Abandoned Peace and Reinvented War