Quote of the Day: Food Porn

Today’s quote is from I Blame the Patriarchy, but, this time, not from Twisty herself!

Blamer Rootlesscosmo has this very good point to make about how the word ‘porn’ has fallen into everyday usage:

There was a thread at IBTP a while back that discussed the use of such phases as “food porn,” etc. [...] “food porn,” “real estate porn,” and suchlike promotional materials focus on the desire of the viewer; we know better than to think the pecan pie wants to be eaten or the beach house to be sold. But this is exactly what the producers and defenders of real porn — pictures of rape — always try to do, because that takes attention away from the women being raped in its production. So I’d venture that because “food porn” (etc.) foreground the viewer’s desire and fulfillment, the use of these terms (which I’ve used in the past but will try to eliminate from my vocabulary) reinforces the pimps’ marketing.

One of the many great things about IBTP is that the comments are always worth reading – a great relief after the self-harm of reading CiF!

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