No "happy feelings"

Former sex columnist doesn’t like the way feminists talk about sex

Mollie Hemingway (Facebook)

The New York Times Magazine features an interesting Q&A in this week’s issue with Mollie Hemingway, a senior editor for the conservative-leaning website The Federalist. Though, Hemingway is quick to point out that she’s “classically liberal” and not a conservative or even a libertarian. Oddly, Hemingway once wrote a sex column at the same time she was a staff writer for a niche website that covered religion. She reconciled that juxtaposition, she said, due to her parents bringing her up to be sex positive. “They raised us to think of sex as a positive thing,” she said in the interview. She went on to talk about why Christians — she was raised Lutheran — are often perceived as disliking sex. But for all of the sex positivity Hemingway chats about, she’s not so positive in her view of feminists outlook toward sex. “Every time I hear feminists talk about sex, it seems to be this thing of pain and domination,” she said. “I don’t get a lot of happy feelings from feminists when they’re talking about sex.” She definitely has sex on her mind, though, as she provided the Times Magazine with a list of her “Top Five Sexiest Films.”

Read the full interview at The New York Times Magazine.

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