chapter  5
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Sexual Politics

Sexual difference refers not only to various expressions of sexual pleasure, but to women's desire to become empowered as embodied subjects. The chapter's main purpose is to examine sexual politics, the ways in which sexual relations are influenced by inequalities of power. Sexualized violence exacerbates sexual politics and makes people (mainly women) appear as mere sex objects. Examples of sexualized violence include:

• female genital mutilation • pornography as explicit representations of sexual behaviour

that degrade and harm • women who regard themselves positively as sex objects • prostitution as commercialized sexual abuse.