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Do Women Have a Right to Sexual Happiness — by Law?

One politician wants to add a woman's right to sexual happiness to Ecuador's new constitution. While her opponents claim she is trying to legislate orgasms, Maria Soledad Vela says that she simply wants to recognize the right to enjoy sex in a more open society. Since the new constitution will recognize the rights of indigenous communities and the poor, she says women should also be represented.

It seems like governments all over the world are always trying to legislate issues that can't exactly be solved with a law. Remember the Kentucky lawmaker who wanted to make anonymous Internet posting illegal? Or the fact that in Italy, it is illegal for men to grab their genitals in public. Why do you think governments have such an expansive view regarding what is appropriate for legislation?

Perhaps these politicians have worthy intentions — by calling to legislate sexual happiness for women, Soledad Vela has ignited a debate in conservative Ecuador about the female position in society. She hopes that an official endorsement of female pleasure will end the treatment of women as sexual objects.

Do you think Soledad Vela should be commended for trying to stop female sexual subordination? Or, is she treading on something intimate that has nothing to do with politics or law? Would you like to see a constitutional right like this in your country?


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venemia07 venemia07 9 years
LOL auntiecoosa!! "Zillionth wife" good imagination
i-heart-monster i-heart-monster 9 years
Totally agree Auntie Coosa.
Auntie-Coosa Auntie-Coosa 9 years
PURSUIT of happiness. Doesn't mean you'll catch it or finally achieve it, you just have the right to spend your life pursuing it.
i-heart-monster i-heart-monster 9 years
I find all the comments here awesome :) Thanks for the laughs! Here's my take - government should set a framework for their people to maintain life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness - can you tell i'm American? - and in that framework should be gender equality. That should solve this problem. I think if you put in a woman's right to be sexually happy, you'd need to include the man's right to be sexually happy as well.
Auntie-Coosa Auntie-Coosa 9 years
In a word: NO. The "law" is unenforceable. And a law should be enforceable before anyone goes and puts it in legislation. I'd rather see legislation which stated that a man could not physically or emotionally mistreat a woman. THAT is enforceable. We have become too sex oriented a culture. Why are we having this discussion? Sexual pleasure is not measurable. I'm seeing the Saudi "morals police" peeking under the tent and asking the woman to rate her pleasure on a one to ten scale. If it's a one, they'll haul the man outside and whip him ten times, if it's a nine, he gets a beating with a nine-iron, if it's an eight, he gets beaten with a pool cue, if it's a . . . . If it's a five, he gets slapped around. If it's a four, he is told to send roses to his wife every day for a week. If it's a three, he is told to take his wife to a fancy restaurant three times a week. If it's a two, the man is told to purchase his wife a new outfit for every day of the week. If it's a one . . . the wife is removed from her husband's care and given to Muhammad to be his zillionth wife because only Muhammad deserves the best. I have an over active imagination.
stephley stephley 9 years
Thanks Yesteryear, I laughed out loud!
yesteryear yesteryear 9 years
this is awesome. the 69th amendment! sorry, couldn't resist.
LibertySugar LibertySugar 9 years
Great point, stephley.
stephley stephley 9 years
If it's just aspirational stuff, how about freedom from cellulite? The trouble with thinking that an official endorsement of female pleasure will stop men from treating women as sexual objects is that it doesn't seem to factor in how men think. Put women's sexual happiness in the constitution and suddenly, most men will see themselves as the best interpreters and enforcers of that constitution.
LibertySugar LibertySugar 9 years
Hey everyone! I love this discussion. I think a lot of countries include aspirational rights in their constitutions. Thus, there wouldn't be an orgasm police out and about in Ecuador. It wold simply recognize a positive sexual role for women. Still, it's quite an entertaining proposal!!
vasanta vasanta 9 years
how can you judge sexual happiness? a person's sexual happiness could impact her partner's negatively. it is good for discussion but it is bad for law. but handcuffs could have a dual purpose in bed.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
Do they have any laws regarding contraception and sexual activity in regards to procreation? i don't really see why they would need this law. Stilletta, you crack me up! Can you imagine the progress if we had laws like that? Misuse of tongue! Hysterical!
stiletta stiletta 9 years
I wonder if there will be a traffic school-like class you have to take if you get too many points for "failure to please"? Women should have ticket books that they could issue to their partners. Making an illegal, fumbling grab. Misuse of tongue. My God, this is actually a good idea!
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
Well they (Ecuadorian women) should have a right to sexual freedom by law. I would be surprised if happiness were actually the thrust of the legislation and not freedom. We don't need sexual happiness legislated in our country. People already take sexual freedoms well beyond the lines of good sense. I see children (girls) being so sexual it's sad to me. But the atmosphere of our society programs them to act out this way. As a gay man I have to put some young men in check who feel that they have the freedom of expression to grope me out right with out even saying hello. After I lacerate their confidence with a few choice words and explain the importance of being a gentlemen they've understandably lost interest. LOL!
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
Women don't have the right to be happy period. They have the right to do my laundry! ;) Just kidding. Please don't hate me
VllyBallChck VllyBallChck 9 years
WOW >< :/
stephley stephley 9 years
Oh my goodness, the questions! Who would the sexual happiness police would be? What would the division between sexual satisfaction and sexual happiness be? How would you rehabilitate someone found guilty of failing to provide sexual happiness? What if just looking at someone who creeps you out makes you feel sexually unhappy - can you have them prosecuted? Can you have someone prosecuted because she's dating someone you think would make you sexually happy?
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