“The way we look at women is worrying, even when it’s women doing the looking”

Lucy Kirkwood, in her Royal Court play NSFW, explores that territory, too. The first half of the play is set in an office where the work consists of creating images that are Not Suitable for Work. Doghouse is a fictional version of Nuts or Zoo, a magazine whose raison d’etre is publishing photographs of their readers’ topless girlfriends. No one who works there bothers to hide their contempt for the readers or the girlfriends. But it’s a free country, and if men want to ogle and women want to be ogled, why should they not facilitate the activity? It pays the rent, while these ambitious yet rudderless young people wait for better jobs in better publications to come along.

Sure, there’s a bit of a crisis, when their readers’ girlfriend of the year turns out to be 14. The staff all agree this is indefensible (and also that they too are the victims, because they were lied to). But the point is made. If the production and consumption of sexual images really is such harmless fun, why is there such strong consensus around the idea that some people are too young, too vulnerable, to take part in it? The visceral conviction in our culture that minors need protecting from this sort of exploitation is prima facie evidence that it is indeed exploitation, and that taking part in it is an important decision, not a trivial or casual one.

Deborah Orr, The way we look at women is worrying, even when it’s women doing the looking


One response

  1. Male Supremacist system has never been rational or logical because it consistently changes the ‘rules’ whenever men perceive we feminists are managing to ‘dent’ male power and male domination over women.

    Male Supremacist legal system would claim that ‘children (sic) need to be protected from those “nasty people’ who exploit children(sic) because children are not adults. However, once a person (sic) is deemed to be 16 years and older hey presto that person (sex undefined of course) is suddenly perceived by male supremacist legal system as ‘choosing when and if they wish to be subjected to exploitation.’ Because the 16+ person ‘chooses’ this automatically eradicates ‘exploitation’ because we adults are all freely choosing what decisions we wish to make free from any social/economic or male supremacist constraints.

    It is not ‘children’ as male supremacy claims but 99.9% girl children who are the ones being targeted and sexually exploited by adult males/older males. So why is this happening? Well answer is because men created their male supremacist system whereby men declared they alone are default humans and we females are merely men’s disposable sexual service stations. Add on the male supremacist libertarian lie that ‘people freely choose’ this neatly erases the fact all women and men live in a male supremacist system and this system was set up by men to maintain/justify male sexual exploitation/male domination over all women and girls.

    Yes many women do support/condone/promote male supremacist system by claiming men’s porn magazines such as Nuts and Zoo are ‘harmless adult entertainment’ (‘adult entertainment is code for men’s sexual titillation by viewing/accessing images of naked women and girls). However, women did not create male supremacist system and given women have little or no institutional power this means individual women who challenge male pseudo sex right to women and girls will be punished by the male supremacist system. So individual women know they do not have ‘free choices’ but make decisions based on their real life situation and that means does a woman accept a job working for a pornographer or does she refuse and be punished by Male Supremacist system because she refuses to condone male sexual violence against women? (Pornography is male sexual violence against women and this includes photographs male pornographers take as well as filmed male sexual violence against women and girls).

    What about the malestream furore over claims there are limitless gangs of male child rapists preying on children – sex of course is never mentioned because we mustn’t recognise or accept it is 99.9% males who are the ones sexually preying on female children not male children! Well, malestream media delights in ‘sensationalist moralistic claims’ because it neatly deflects attention away from how male supremacist system is constructed whereby men are accorded their pseudo male sex right to females of any age. There is a corollary to this however, because male supremacist system believes only ‘those female children who are sexually innocent; not poor and white’ are the ones deserving of male supremacist protection etc. All other female children are viewed by male supremacist system and men as ‘dirty whores’ who deserved to be targeted by male sexual predators/and or these ‘dirty whore girls’ chose to allow the male sexual predators subject them to male sexual violence. The Rochdale case is a prime example of how men and male supremacist system always excuse/justify/deny men as a group are the ones sexually preying on girls and women.

    So this is how men and male supremacist system can maintain two sides of the same equation – by simultaneously engaging in sensationalist male-centric hysterical rhetoric and denying male sexual exploitation of females exists! Or to put it another way – men and their Male Supremacist System are not logical or rational – that is another male supremacist lie.

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