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  • Arts & Culture
  • Issue 43

Amia Srinivasan on the philosophy of sex.
Words by Hettie O'Brien. Photography by Marsý Hild Þórsdóttir.

Our sexual desires dwell privately within us, waiting to emerge when elicited by context. We have no power over what we want, and rarely desire what we would be wise to. Or so it’s long been thought. This idea—that desire is private, natural, fixed—is both a timeless precept and a defining feature of our contemporary sexual culture. But what might happen if, instead of treating desire as innate, we thought of it as something contingent and politically determined? This idea


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