Thursday, August 30, 2007

"Pimping Breasts" or "Mammory Philanthropy"

"Free Implants" offers a space for women to submit themselves pornographied so that "benefactors" can view and *hopefully* "donate" to the women's breast augmentation surgery.

Twisty calls the "philanthropy" an example of the "normalization of prostitution" and I have to agree - especially because the owner of the site takes an entire quarter of the women's "donations". As a side note - what's with the language (philanthropy, donation, benefactor) denying the women's true labor in creating the porn material? By one woman's account, it ends up being about $10/hr - less than I made working retail. So really, there is no generosity, there's barely a wage for labor rendered. Way to completely erase women's work. I'm also considering the terms "prostitution" and "pornography" in regards to this story. I'm not sure there's much of a difference here.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Pyramid of Abuse

While in this instance there was not evidence of sexual assault, relationship violence - and murder - is just the next step in the pyramid of violence against women.

This story is pretty straight forward, her boyfriend killed her and then "tried" to kill himself (interesting that he was successful with one and not the other). It should illuminate the Rape culture that allows men to think that violence and murder are acceptable (necessary?) behaviors in "dealing" with "their" women. They can foster this mentality because we live in a world where pushing the boundaries up the pyramid of abuse is rarely challenged until its too late.

People roll their eyes when I start to call out sexist language (or armbands) but they exist on a continuum and allow for violence to progress. It is our responsibility to be intolerant from beginning to end, not wait until a woman is dead.

PYRAMID OF ABUSE

12. MURDER

11. RAPE/SEXUAL ASSAULT

10. PHYSICAL ABUSE
Hitting, punching, slapping, burning, pushing, pinching

9. VERBAL ABUSE
Name calling, yelling, threats, verbal intimidation

8. VICTIMIZATION
She deserved it, it was her fault, victim blaming, she should have known better, why was she walking alone at night?

7. .76
wage gap

6. GLASS CEILING
Females as workers/secretaries/managers; not CEOs

5. TITLE IX/EDUCATION
Lesser facilities/equipment, unequal media coverage, double standards, no equal access to sports or education

4. TRADITIONAL ROLES
Women as secretary/man as boss, woman at home/man at work, woman as domestic/nurse/teacher/ man as CEO

3. OBJECTIFICATION
Magazines, TV, showing body parts only, scantily dressed

2. LANGUAGE
Bitch, ho, slut, stupid, over-emotional, chick, broad

1. JOKES
Saturday Night Live, dumb blondes, etc.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Girly = shameful



BBC reports that Thai police are being forced to wear pink, girly armbands as punishment for minor infractions as a way to shame them into submission. Girly because female consists of shame and submission in a Rape culture. When I brought this up in my sociology class on Class, Power and Social Change, I was told by the professor that it worked because no boy wants to be a girl because they are boys, not because girls and the feminine are degraded and devalued perpetually by societies which thrive on the oppression of women through gender tension. Another example of being told "don't be such a girl" and all of the inherent value judgment that women are lesser, being woman is shameful, and one should strive always to avoid such a label. He told me I couldn't suck the fun out of everything. (In case you haven't heard, feminists have no humor.)

Airman Raped herself. Three times.

Seriously. Even worse, with Judges like this presiding in our "justice" system.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Dogfighting or Rape?

"It's really a sad day in this country when somehow ... Michael Vick would have been better off raping a woman if you look at the outcry of what happened," Zeise said. "Had he done that, he probably would have been suspended for four games and he'd be back on the field. But because this has become a political issue, all of a sudden the commissioner has lost his stomach for it."