Please And Danger By Carole S. Vance: An Analysis

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Carole S. Vance, who wrote the Please and Danger: Exploring Female Sexuality in 1984, provides a historical account of the issues surrounding societies perceptions, beliefs, and expectations of women sexuality. Vance explores several factors that bring light to the ways in which women’s sexual non-conformist behaviour remained invisible. Vance begins her paper stating, “the tension between sexual danger and sexual pleasure is a powerful one is women’s lives” (Vance, 1). This statement reinforces the duality that exists within society in context to women’s sexuality. Historically women have been situated within a male dominated society, dictated by the patriarchal structures that pervades all most all facets of society, including; the political, …show more content…
Also, Vance identifies that women’s non-conformity remains highly invisible as a result of fear and individual uncertainty with oneself in regards to her sexuality, Vance disputes, “the horrific effects of gender inequality may include no only brute violence, but the internalized control of women’s impulses, poising desire as its very roots with self doubt and anxiety” (Vance, 6). A major issue that has promoted women to accept traditional values of sexuality propelled by societies underlying motives is that women have and still fear in non-acceptance and marginalization. For example, Vance makes reference to the widespread practice that socializes women to keep “their dresses down, their pants up and their bodies away from strangers. (Vance, 5). This view is grounded on the belief that men are inherently aggressive, lustful and unpredictable and in order to protect them (that being women), it is safer to protect oneself from dangers than open one’s self to the potential for pleasure (Vance, 5). However, Vance does postulate that the twentieth century enabled progressive changes that began to transgress outdated historical ideals, which favoured women’s autonomy through the implementation “wage labour, urbanization, contraception, and access to birth control and abortion (Vance, …show more content…
Lamble argues “that legal forms of limited knowledge and limited thinking regulate borders of (in) visibility, and play an active part in shaping identities, governing conduct and producing subjectivity” (Lamble, 82). Subsequently, the rulings post bathhouse raid dismissed the charges and declared the evidence that the policemen gathered inadmissible (Lamble, 82). However, the ruling that was made was in reality not a progressive movement towards social and legal inclusion and acceptance of queer women’s sexuality. In actuality, the cornerstone of the defense’s case was argued on the basis that a search of semi-naked females was conducted by men instead of women (Lamble, 83). Interestingly, neither the concern with regards to queer sexuality nor the abuse of liquor laws held any relevance within this case for both the judge and the defense (Lamble, 83). Therefore the ignorance and tip toeing around queers is highly problematic within our present society. Such that majority of queers and transgendered people are often associated to be a highly controversial and sensitive subject. The invisibility of non-conformists women in Canada can be attributed to the few public

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