Thursday, June 13, 2013
I need to post this in a comment thread on Facebook. I don't especially enjoy writing these short speeches there, but sometimes a thread needs a "closer," & I'm dealing here with a tea party type. A female tea party type.
The objectifying of females in all its manifestations has been THE predominant theme of feminist thought since the movements (a broad spectrum) emerged into the cultural mainstream 35 years ago. So to suggest "feminists" do not care about the sexualizing of young adolescent women is an absurd ideological bait & switch in the context of a point that otherwise has merit. I'll be blunt; it's snide. If your argument is with feminism, then write about feminism. As research, I suggest beginning with the Wiki entry on Flo Dwyer, who once represented Cranford NJ in Congress. Now I'm being snide. However, a "feminist" might also add that the mode of clothing on women of any age still does not morally empower men to do physical or psychological violence on women. An oppressive patriarchal culture forces a woman into a full burqa, but the ironic result is the same as if she had been made to go about in a bikini against her wishes. I find that very strange indeed. Thank you for listening.