Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Wednesday Dog Ears

This week's Dog Ears feature single-sided shouting matches about genre as well as an exploration of "new feminism":

2 comments:

Enbrethiliel said...

+JMJ+

I've just read Charlotte Raven's article. She and I define "anti-feminist" very differently! I would have said that the things she is describing--mothers resenting their children, promiscuity as practically a hobby, prostitution as just another line of work, etc.--are fruits of the feminist philosophy rather than of some kind of anti-feminism.

What do you think, Lindsay?

Lindsay-with-an-A said...

I'm not so sure about that. I think the "feminist movement" got lost somewhere over the last 20/30 years, but I can't pinpoint why that is. I think feminism started off being about equal legal rights--equal pay for equal work, etc--and has since been subverted into a kind of "equal sexuality." Unfortunately, though, sexuality has historically been defined by male desires, and so it seems like young women are internalizing those male desires--promiscuity, strippers, and prostitutes--and embracing it while saying it is their choice. So many of these fields though--especially prostitution and porn--are degrading to women, and generally only women who have been traumatized in one way or another (VICTIMS of the very male desire they're theoretically seeking to embrace and embody) end up in those fields and don't enjoy sex as an act of emotional connection in any way, shape, or form.

At the same time, however, I can't honestly claim that is has anything to do with feminism because feminism has become a kind of flag to wave--"I choose my choice!" What I see as the main message of feminism (sexual harrasment free workplaces, better/more affordable child care to allow mothers the choice of whether to stay home or work) has been lost in the stampede of women buying Jenna Jameson's pole dancing workout video (or whatever the latest "sexy sex" trend may be.

Personally, I blame it partly on the advertising industry, but it's really a cultural failure. (Ariel Levy's "Raunch Culture" was an excellent book about this, if you're interested.)

Obviously I'm not very opinionated on the subject at all haha

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