QotD: “Making women seem anti-sex and joyless if we want the right to be sexual without being humiliated or hurt, and making men seem wimpy and undersexed if they prefer cooperation to domination, is clearly the tactic of choice for isolating anybody who tries to separate sexuality from violence and domination”

Making women seem anti-sex and joyless if we want the right to be sexual without being humiliated or hurt, and making men seem wimpy and undersexed if they prefer cooperation to domination, is clearly the tactic of choice for isolating anybody who tries to separate sexuality from violence and domination — which is a challenge to male dominance at its heart.

Gloria Steinem, Preface of “Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions” (2nd ed., 1995)

Found at (ex)Gynocraticgrrl

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2 responses

  1. Reblogged this on Where The Wild Words Are.

  2. The film industry and the ratings system are compounding this issue. Graphic sexual violence against women usually nets an R rating whereas a woman receiving consensual oral is considered NC17 and the film is immediately buried. As a result, eroticized violence is no longer limited to a seedy underground subset of the internet, but this form of extreme misogyny is now accepted, encouraged, and applauded in popular culture. This normalization has been around since the 70’s and I seem to remember Siskel and Ebert noting that this trend in cinema was a visceral reaction to the women’s rights movement that encourages women to stay in their place.

    I’ve been reading about the FCC lately and this snippet reminded me of the entertainment industry’s complacency with respect to eroticized violence. The porn industry and the entertainment industry are becoming more similar all the time no matter how often filmmakers deny the comparison.

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