Skip to comments.The Neo-Porn Feminists
Posted on 03/20/2014 3:29:53 AM PDT by markomalley
It turns out that, in the rock-paper-scissors game of liberalism, not judging beats out true female equality.
The good folks at Politically Correct Central recently ran into a problem: Their incredibly useful dont judge! mantra (which they have mercilessly hammered us with for many years now) ran into an obstacle: What happens when a woman willingly engages in the porn industry? Liberals, who once decried porn (and rightly so) as a male-dominated nightmare that objectifies women and exploits even its willing participants, have suddenly tiptoed backwards in the wake of Belle Knox, a Duke University freshman who gladly stars in porn films to cover her tuition costs.
What to do? thought the puzzled liberals. Standing against the sex industry would sound too Christian Right; also, criticizing the woman would effectively be siding with the frat boys who outed her and, if there is any demographic we liberals hate, its male Duke students. (Remember the Duke-lacrosse case?) So, they concluded, lets not be judgy.
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But the debate over feminism what it means, as well as who can claim the feminist label had been steaming for quite some time and was bound to explode sooner or later. You see, along the way, feminism became an inconvenience for the Left. Case in point: Some of its favorite celebs, who could always be counted on to publicly slam the Right or Western values, were all too happy to behave in sex-object ways that would make even the worst Mad Men misogynist say, Tone it down. Madonna and Miley Cyrus come to mind.
Thus, feminisms definition needed to be twisted, contorted, and basically changed. And change it did: It became so elastic that the rubber band finally snapped and no one knows what the heck feminism means any longer.
Enter poor, confused Katy Perry. The pop starlet rocketed to fame by singing about kissing a girl even though she is not gay or bisexual, thus falsely usurping LGBT sexuality for material gain; she parades around in dresses three sizes too small; and she obsesses over boyfriends all behaviors that you would think would make a true feminist recoil in horror. But Perry, who had stated in 2012 that she was not a feminist, this week (at the urging of a publicist, no doubt) proudly declared herself one: A feminist? Um, yeah, actually. I used to not really understand what that word meant, and now that I do, it just means that I love myself as a female and I also love men.
Bless her heart, though can we even blame Perry for her confusion? Should we not instead blame the Left, which has taken feminism from one extreme man-hating, bra-burning hysterics to another, in which rough, submissive sex on camera, in exchange for money, is now considered edgy and a breaking of yet another glass ceiling?
Belle Knox bemoans the patriarchal society at Duke, yet praises the (male-dominated, male-fantasy-tailored) porn world as empowering and something from which she derives unimaginable joy. Come again? And therein lies the ugly paradox of liberals so-called feminism. For every magazine issue with an article railing against objectivization of women as merely physical parts, there is a cover featuring a woman with her breasts popping out of a dress; for every woman who chants Sistas doin it for themselves! and We dont need a man! there is a woman shrieking at a divorce hearing that she is entitled to half of all her husbands assets after only a few short years of marriage; for every feminist claiming that marriage is antiquated, there is another whose entire career was made possible by the man she married; for every Beyoncé op-ed about the need for wage equality, there is a lyric where her husband gladly uses the word bitch.
What happened to a solid definition of feminism, namely a simple, pure belief in the equality of the sexes? It has given way to the more useful notion of not judging: Nowadays, anything a woman does (provided, of course, she isnt one of those pro-life nutcases!) is fantastic and worthy of acclaim criticisms not wanted.
Feminists (whatever that means) may exist, but one thing is certain: They are not those who come bearing the title, be they empowered porn-star university students or pop divas. The warning Beware of false prophets has never seemed so necessary.
The dont judge sentiment has wrought a shameless society, in which degrading acts are hailed as feminist. A 27-year-old American medical student is now auctioning off her virginity, hoping to bring in $400,000. A few short years ago, feminists would have railed against this; but now? Dont judge! Dont be a hater! This sentiment is routinely drilled into us via pop culture, e.g., Miley Cyruss Cant Stop lyrics, complete with a reminder that only God can judge ya, forget the haters! (and even a shout-out to the females doing a line of blow in the bathroom). Gloria Steinem, where art thou?
Would we be surprised, at this point, to see an op-ed by a self-proclaimed feminist who argues that sleeping with her married boss for a promotion is liberating and empowering? These days, we should simply ask that if you tell folks youre a feminist, you should at least have a rational definition of what that is. Or, rather, lets not even bother: Liberalism already destroyed it. Feminism was just too inconvenient to keep around.
Modern feminism was always a bait and switch deal. Ordinary women were told it was all about equal rights and “equal pay for equal work”, while man hating dikes set up Women’s Studies Departments to push ideas so stupid they could only be believed by inhabitants of a university.
“...push ideas so stupid they could only be believed by inhabitants of a university.”
Insightful... thanks for sharing.
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Prager said (in his typical gently, unoffensive style): "I just figured that someone who came up with such an outlandish idea must have an advanced degree from a 'reputable' university."
Good essay. But this:
“... yet praises the (male-dominated, male-fantasy-tailored) porn world as empowering and something from which she derives unimaginable joy. Come again?”
was not really necessary.
The Duke girl is so filled with self loathing that no amount of this B.S. Can cover it.
Having an opinion judging, since one has no power to pass sentence
They have fallen to the point where prostitution is considered pro-women somehow
It always was at some level. Some women may think they are somehow more righteous by only “prostituting” themselves to one man at a time (that he knew of) but it is all the same.
Simply put, some women only have sex to offer and no man would deal with them otherwise. Some men only have money and resources to offer. Historically such people would meet and basically have an exchange at some level.
The reason those women look down on pay-for-play prostitutes (or other women who threaten their business model) is that they are willing to have sex for far less money/time/resources than a woman who demands everything from a man. When all you have is sex, you feel very threatened by competition.
The girl is an idiot. You don't have to be a genius to attend a private school, and Duke is no exception. If you listen to her talk, she's got the attitude and way of a 13-year-old. As to self-loathing, this girl is mentally disturbed in my opinion. She's a "cutter" who says pain turns her on. She carved the word "fat" into her leg because an ex-boyfriend called her fat. She's got a lot of serious issues. See: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2583675/EXCLUSIVE-The-photos-Duke-porn-star-Belle-Knox-cutter-gets-aroused-hurting-herself.html for more info. She's no feminist. She's disturbed.
Feminism is merely another crowbar or chisel used by the left to destroy civilization.
A wolf in sheep's clothing, so to speak.
Feminism lost all credibility after refusing to criticize Clinton for rape
I think I can now conclude that we are truly off the cliff.
A few days ago, I read something here on FR about a “professor” at a college/university in California whose discipline involves studying and apparently extolling the virtues of pornography.
And now this tidbit. We are doomed.