What About Sex-Negative Feminism?


“Sex does not happen in a vacuum immune to outside structural influences,” writes Jillian Horowitz in a piece titled “Unpopular Opinion: I’m A Sex-Negative Feminist.” “[I]n fact, it can (and does) replicate inescapable systems of power and dominance.”

“Unpopular opinion” indeed, but hear her out.

Even if you don’t ultimately agree with her, Horowitz’s argument is nuanced and interesting and not at all as reactionary as you might expect from the title.

Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →