Thursday, April 22, 2010

The empowerfulment concern troll

Pleasure is not a zero-sum pursuit. The skeptical reaction to the Boobquake has centered a lot on the fact (and I'm paraphrasing) that men like looking at scantily clad women, so obviously this simply perpetuates patriarchy. I see this attitude a lot when it comes to ladies who wanna be naked: Erykah Badu shouldn't have gotten naked in her video because men are titillated by her nudity. That's not her fault, and it doesn't mean she can't use her body to express herself. Not everyone will get it, but when does that ever happen? Especially with boundary-pushing?

It's a concern trolling technique that really gets to people. Oddly enough, it tends to put a lid on female sexual expression in the end. The collective clitoris will never be avenged. I just don't believe in revenge (especially when the score is spread across generations. *I* have not been oppressed for tens of thousands of years - just 27). An age of matriarchy would give women a boost, but male oppression wouldn't. Schemes of supremacy do not liberate or avenge, when all it takes to "win" is to come out the least badly.

1 comment:

Saladman said...

I really like your observation that the concept of "winning" is one of the tenets of a fallacious scheme. As I try to convey in my Permaculture, ECO-ethics, Trees blog, nature knows no winners, only different energy states and the only natural entities we could point to who are "winners" are co-operative players. It really irks me when people point to high powered corporate women who emulate all the worst traits of men to get to the top.
Blessed Be & Namaste', Tony