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Sexuality Management and Gender Inequality

Why was women‘s sexuality always the one that was strictly controlled throughout history? The article bases its answer on the fact that the reproduction of the population is a necessary condition for the existence of any society. In this context, the main “producers“ of people are women. Their natural reproductive abilities are used as an excuse to reduce their societal role to childbearing and also function as the basis of their subordination in an androcentric social order. The author focuses on functional heterosexual sexuality, a field that has been strictly managed for centuries on an institutional level. She analyzes the main factors that enabled the (connected) reproduction of the sexual and class order on the micro- and macro-levels. History shows that this reproduction was based on the premise that the woman “belongs to the man“. This premise has its origins in the 1st millenium BC and was later reinforced in Western civilization through Christianity and the Catholic Church. Despite the slow erosion of androcentrism and the advancement of secularization processes, repressive patterns of regulating (“fruitful“) sexuality still persist in the 21st century, mainly because of the erosion of the welfare state. 


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Issue No. 267 - The First Sex: Critical Studies on Men and Masculinities / The Attraction of Genders
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2017 , volume volume 45 , issue issue 267
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