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Using sex as a weapon. Have you ever used your sexuality as a means to get what you want?

Dar 2011/09/09 18:59:09

Women learn early on that sex is a weapon and a tool.

We know that people want us, and that we can get things -- dates, popularity, financial rewards, orgasm, to name but a few -- when we wield it. We also learn that the women who employ this tool are punished, covertly (through reputation) or overtly (through legislation) for using it.

As females, we are told from birth that recreational sex is wrong. When we get older, we are told it is for procreation. When we seroconvert we are told that we are vectors of virus and should abstain. All throughout, we are sold ideas as to how, when, and with whom we should be engaging in sex.

Women throughout the ages have been punished for exhibiting their sexuality, while at the same time, iconized as sex-symbols. We have been treated, and taught to see ourselves, as victims of male prowess. We are taught to look at our sexual behavior as submission to, rather than desire for, sex. It becomes increasingly difficult to disentangle ourselves from this web of power-imbalance between men and women and self-perception and public perception of women as sexual beings. It is much easier to see ourselves as victims rather than participants.

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