Although clearly influenced by second-wave feminism’s mantra that ‘the personal is political’, third-wave feminism wanted to move away from the prescriptive attitudes of its predecessors and towards the idea of freedom to choose. Previously topics such as porn or gender had strict dos and don’ts for what was good for women. For example, pornography was always seen to be oppressing the woman, even if the woman thought she wanted to partake in or watch it. This particular debate was fought in the rather gloriously named ‘feminist sex wars’ (also known by the similarly flamboyant title of ‘porn wars’). The boiled-down argument focussed on whether a woman, living in a patriarchal society where she is nurtured to think a certain way about how women should behave and please men, could ever be able truly to make an independent decision to participate in porn. Some also felt that second-wave feminists’ criticisms about sexual oppression actually themselves oppressed women. For example, second-wave feminists discredited the idea that a woman could genuinely enjoy sadomasochism, refuting the idea that it could be participated in healthily and be a natural, personal kink.