How Sexuality Is Used to Attack Women's Organizing

International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC)

This report shows how, for many activists and organizations, advocating for "sexual rights" has become a dangerous proposition. It illustrates how the combined forces which conspire, in society after society, to regulate women’s sexuality, lash out at any attempt to challenge or question that control. It shows a prevalent tactic by which such challenges are turned back against the organizing efforts of those who make them: women are stigmatized, and sexualized, as "deviant" whenever they organize as women. They are accused of perversion whenever they bring women’s issues into the public sphere. They can be called immoral whenever they foreground sexuality in their work and organizing. And this report shows some of the ways in which feminist activists have responded.

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