Yes, that's right -- feminism and pornography. Two words that don't seem like they should ever go together, and yet there is an unmistakably strong bond between the two concepts.
Consider, for instance, this come-on for a new feminist, lesbian-friendly magazine that found its way to my email box today via one of the Yahoo Groups that I frequent:
ISSUE #4 IS READY TO ORDER!
Altar Magazine Issue #4 will feature an interview with Elisabeth
Eaves, author of Bare: The Naked Truth about Stripping, and Growing,
the new Kranky sensation. Articles on all of our old favorites -
Iraq, Palestine, gay marriage, vegetarian recipes - and favorites
yet to be determined: a trip to Mexico uncovers much more than
you'll find in the guide books, a mother's fight to save her
daughter's life, why we all love America (heh!) and an open letter
to a stranger about a common lover.
There is an excellent post on Dr. Makow's savethemales site this week from a young man named Stephen re this very phenomenon, and here is yet another example of it. I quote from it:
The irony is that misogynistic porn strengthens the feminists case of exploitation, yet it is feminism which is creating the conditions and market for it with the most damaged and vulnerable woman taking the brunt of the backlash.
Indeed, it seems difficult to reconcile the notion of the feminist ideal of "protecting women" from abuse on one hand (by men, of course), and then condoning the most exploitive, degrading forms of pornography on the other. Hence we find the same magazines that extoll the feminist agenda also find time to revere authors who write books about stripping for fun and profit.
Nor is this an isolated occurrence by any means. Recent issues of Ms. have included segments on whipping and sexual bondage.
Of course, a quick perusal of the reviews for Ms. Eaves" book goes a long way toward resolving this ostensible dilemma:
Peep show dancing was a revelation; it gave her control, as it was her body that had the power to give men the sexual release they desperately craved. While this sexual power was "exhilarating," it left Eaves somewhat "disappointed," confirming some of her low expectations of men.
I have to agree with Dr. Makow. It all looks to me like a vicious, no-win cycle for women who are only taught to respect themselves by hating men. Their heterosexuality is twisted so that it can only be expressed in a manner that renders them as dysfunctional victims.
This is not the feminism of equality. It is the femnism of gender alienation. I cannot believe that this lifestyle will make any woman more happy or fulfilled.