Mon, 23 August 2021

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm BST

The Right to Sex

Oxford Professor Amia Srinivasan

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One of Britain’s most celebrated young philosophers, Oxford professor Amia Srinivasan, joins us to explore the politics and ethics of sex.

How should we talk about sex?

What would it take for sex to really be free?

Does pornography not merely depict the subordination of women, but actually make it real?

Sex is a thing we have and also a thing we do; a supposedly private act laden with public meaning; a personal preference shaped by outside forces; a place where pleasure and ethics can pull wildly apart.

Since #MeToo many have fixed on consent as the key framework for achieving sexual justice. Yet consent is a blunt tool. To grasp sex in all its complexity – its deep ambivalences, its relationship to gender, class, race and power – we need to move beyond ‘yes and no’, wanted and unwanted.

One of the most exciting philosophers at work today, Oxford professor and All Souls fellow Amia Srinivasan, joins us to interrogate the fraught relationships between discrimination and preference, pornography and freedom, rape and racial injustice, punishment and accountability, pleasure and power, capitalism and liberation.

Praise for Amia Srinivasan’s The Right to Sex:

‘Unparalleled and extraordinary . . . A bracing revivification of a crucial lineage in feminist writing.’ – Jia Tolentino

‘I believe Amia Srinivasan’s work will change the world.’ – Katherine Rundell

‘Rigorously researched, but written with such spark and verve. The best non-fiction book I have read this year.’ – Pandora Sykes

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Amia Srinivasan

Professor of Social and Political Theory, Oxford

Amia Srinivasan is the Chichele Professor of Social and Political Theory at All Souls College, Oxford, and has held permanent or visiting academic posts at University College London, Yale, NYU and UCLA. She has written on subjects as diverse as sex, death, octopi, suicide, anger, education and many others for publications including the London Review of Books, where she is a contributing editor, the New Yorker, the Times Literary Supplement and the New York Times.