Things I’ve been reading this week:
- TheRealSGM discusses a new edited text “Big Porn Inc: Exposing the Harms of the Global Pornography Industry“. TheRealSGM says that it is “a collection of articles from radical feminists, activists, and academics who all believe that pornography is not about “pleasure, self-empowerment and freedom of choice”; rather that pornography represents the systemic subjugation of women as a sex class. Therefore pornography is not about sex, it is a form of violence against women. I am an anti-porn, anti-sex industry feminist so it’s fairly clear that I agree with the basic premise of this book.” And, from the rest of the linked post, this sounds like a must read.
- Tanya Gold (commentisfree) calls the anti-abortion lobby “barbaric”. I air-quote not because I disagree but because the term is being used in an unusual sense. The anti-abortion lobby may not, itself, be physically killing women but its push for de-legalisation of, and restricted access to, abortion, do. Here’s the thing: women will always seek abortion, as is their right. If you make it harder for them, they will resort to increasingly desperate measures. End of.
- I can’t resist a dig at Twilight (ugh, argh, yuk, oh dear god it’s awful). Here’s one I hadn’t seen before and, though there’s nothing new or particular enlightening, I want to post it anyway. Why This Middle-Aged Woman Loathes Twilight–An Encore (psychologytoday). Sorry for the Psychology Today link; it’s a means to an end etc.
- Facebook has a problem with women – that’s nothing new. They are happy to host pages calling for rape, violence, slut-shaming and victim-blaming but they will instantly remove a picture of a woman breast-feeding. I think even they can’t work out the logic of that one. What is news is that they’ve suddenly started to care that this imbalance – and all of the women-hating pages they’ve been happy to condone – might be a problem. That didn’t happen until last week when advertisers who use their site started to ask some questions. Now, if I were a cynic… Here’s a link: Facebook’s big misogyny problem (commentisfree).
- On that note (sort of), we’ve all been around the houses a few times now with Femen. Alternet asked ages ago if naked breasts can make important political points (in the context of breast cancer, in this case)? I’m still thinking that they can’t – and are just capitulating to the make gaze and the view of our bodies as purely sexualised entities – but Alternet goes through a few perspectives.
- Look at this: Tanzania Women Bank promotes gender equity (dailynews.co.tz). Gender equality is one of the actual priorities of the Tanzanian government. Um. Dave? George? Anyone…
- Finally, whether or not you think that men can call themselves feminists. this chap makes some good points: The Male Feminist (nation.lk).