Tag Archives: Feminism

I’m marching too

21 Jan Pink with black female signs

Today is an incredible day. All across the world women are marching. It feels like we’ve been holding our breath for a very long time and now is the right time to let it go. What good can it do to march? Standing together because it’s wrong that half the world’s population are not treated equally is important.

I’m currently stuck at home with food poisoning. So this is my contribution to the march. Here’s a few of the images I’m seen across social media. Plus a little drawing of my own.

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Ban All Strip Clubs?

27 Mar

Johanna Sigurdardottir, prime minister of Iceland.

Johanna Sigurdardottir, prime minister of Iceland.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2010/mar/25/iceland-most-feminist-country

Iceland has done it, but would this be possible in England?

I hope so.

There is a notion now, which seems to be gathering momentum, that taking your clothes off is akin to liberation and empowerment. But to me, this is totally opposed to feminism. I worry that women are lured by promises of easy money and domination, but instead are left with experiences that can never be erased.

When a person is seen solely as an object, and totally dehumanised, this surely has a detrimental effect on both the ‘customer’ and the stripper.*

Equality cannot be achieved whilst this totally unequal practice continues.

*See Natasha Walters, Living Dolls: The Return of Sexism (2010), pages 39-62 and 102-118 for a more thorough argument and evidence to support this point.

Are You a Living Doll?

26 Mar

Living Dolls

Names like Anne Koedt, Robin Lakoff, Dale Spender, and Simone de Beauvoir all evoke the hope and fervour of feminists before my generation and I think that for a time things seemed so promising. So how did it come to this?

Natasha Walter’s book, ‘Living Dolls: The Return of Sexism’, demonstrates that women who take their clothes off under the pretence of ‘free choice’ are not free to choose at all.

‘It is time to look again at how free these choices really are. After all, real, material equality still eludes us. Women still do not have political power, the economic equality or the freedom from violence that they have sought for generations. This means that women and men are still not meeting on equal terms in public life. And the mainstreaming of the sex industry reflects that inequality.’

(Natasha Walters, Living Dolls: The Return of Sexism, 2010: page 33)
The word ‘free’ is a merely a ploy, so that those involved can shrug off any responsibility to the girls they exploit.

Everywhere you look pornography, whether it be ‘soft porn’ or not, is forcing women to question their own sexuality. Conforming to look and behave like a doll is now normal. We are called a prude if stripping, lap dancing and being sexual provocative doesn’t ding our bell of sexual freedom. The pressure is immense.

Yesterday I went with a friend to the local Indian takeaway. We sat on the white outdoor plastic furniture and began to rifle through the piles of ‘Closer’ and other such rags sitting on the coffee table. These magazines sell because they attack women. And this makes me mad.

Because not only are women’s magazines undoing what ground was gained by some feminists, they are actually enforcing the idea that women should look and behave like Barbie dolls. And if anyone steps out of line: then the recrimination is severe.

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