The Eroticism of (In)Equality

In this paper, presented at the ‘One is not born a woman’ conference, celebrating 50th anniversary of Simone de Beauvoir’s Second Sex organised by Fruaenmediaturm at Cologne, 22-24 October, 1999, Sheila Jeffreys argues that a massive obstacle to women’s equality lies in the way in which sex under male supremacy is constructed out of the […]


Can human rights as a concept survive? NGOCSW66 – 20 March 2022

I am going to argue today that the inclusion of imagined identities such as ‘gender identity’ into human rights understandings and activism threatens the significance and integrity of the very idea of human rights. The Declaration on Women’s Sex-Based Rights that we are here to talk about today concerns the protection of women’s rights from […]


‘Loving to Survive’ by Dee Graham – a discussion with Laura Lecuona and Sheila Jeffreys

Sheila Jeffreys and Laura Lecuona discuss Dee Graham’s book, ‘Loving to Survive’, at WDI Radical Feminist Perspectives – 24 October 2021


‘Intercourse’ by Andrea Dworkin – Sheila Jeffreys and an Indian feminist discuss

Sheila Jeffreys and an Indian feminist discuss Andrea Dworkin’s book, ‘Intercourse’, at WDI Radical Feminist Perspectives – 4 October 2021


‘Unpacking queer politics’ – a discussion with Sheila Jeffreys and Marian Rutigliano

Sheila Jeffreys and Marian Rutigliano discuss Sheila’s book, ‘Unpacking Queer Politics’ at WDI Radical Feminist Perspectives – 29 August 2021.


‘Man’s Dominion’ – a discussion with Sheila Jeffreys and Jo Bart

‘Man’s Dominion’ by Sheila Jeffreys – a discussion with Sheila Jeffreys and Jo Bart at WDI Radical Feminist Perspectives in August 2021


Sheila Jeffreys on Kate Millet’s ‘Sexual Politics’

Sheila Jeffreys discusses Kate Millett’s book ‘Sexual Politics‘ and Batya Weinbaum talks about the work of Shulamith Firestone at WDI Radical Feminist Perspectives – 18 July 2021


‘Beauty and Misogyny’ – Sheila Jeffreys and Marian Rutigliano discuss

Watch Sheila Jeffreys and Marian Rutigliano discuss Sheila’s book ‘Beauty and Misogyny’ in the WDI Radical Feminist Perspectives series – 11 July 2021


Men’s Sexual Rights vs Women’s Sex-Based Rights – 15 May 2021

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Download a full transcript of Sheila Jeffreys’ talk given at the WDI Spanish language webinar on 15 May 2021 here. Mens’ sexual rights vs women’s sex-based rights


‘Body Art’ and Social Status: Cutting, Tattooing and Piercing from a Feminist Perspective

This article by Sheila Jeffreys, published in Feminism & Psychology vol. 10(4) 2000, analyses the developing industry of body modification, in which cutting, tattooing and piercing are carried out in studios for profit. It seeks to offer a feminist understanding of this industry which places it on a continuum of harmful cultural practices that include […]