Feminism and sex- positivism can be found throughout Sula.  Feminism, which can be defined as the doctrine advocating social, political, and all other rights of women equal to those of men, can be seen as Hannah experiences the sexual and social freedom that only men have historically experienced.  Sex- positivism, which can be defined as an ideology which promotes and embraces open sexuality with few limits, is also illustrated through Morrison’s depiction of Hannah and her daily sexual encounters.  In portraying sexual relationships as more than women giving pleasure to men or as a privilege that only comes for women after they marry, Morrison further illustrates sex- positivity in a time period in which women were often sexually repressed and restricted. 

-Melvyna-

 

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