Manon Garcia is a leading voice in conversations about consent, autonomy, and feminist philosophy. In her latest book, La Conversation des Sexes (translated to The Joy of Consent in its English edition), Garcia delves into the philosophical traditions that gave rise to “consent” as a legal framework. What does it mean to “consent” to sex? How can consent serve as a guiding principle for personal and intimate relations? Garcia offers a nuanced revision of consent-based ethics, imagining new paths forward for feminism. As scholar Nancy Bauer writes: “This book is no less than a blueprint for a new feminist revolution.”
About the speaker:
Manon Garcia is a feminist philosopher and a teacher at the Free University in Berlin. After completing her studies at the École Normale Supérieure and the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, she took on roles as a Harper-Schmidt Fellow at the University of Chicago, a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows, and an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Yale University. She has written two books: We Are Not Born Submissive: How Patriarchy Shapes Women’s Lives (Princeton University Press, 2021) and The Joy of Consent: A Philosophy of Good Sex (Harvard University Press, 2023).