Laurie Penny on music videos:
The distinction must be made here between legitimate concerns about protecting young women from abuse and the contempt for female sexuality in general suggested by the term \”sexualisation\”. When feminists speak about objectification and abuse, we tend to be dismissed, precisely because those words still speak truth to power, frightening those who profit from the violent commodification of female sexuality. The notion of \”sexualisation\”, on the other hand, is less threatening: it is easily incorporated into the strategies of conservative moral posturing, because it implies that sex itself is the problem – specifically, the women who have it.
That career move to be the Germaine Greer de nos jours seems to be shaping up quite nicely. Book contracts cannot be far behind….and then, in 25 years or so the menopause and she too can settle down and write about gardening.
I\’m not really sure why I find it all to be so annoying to be honest. She can obviously write, comes up with some cracking phrases at times. But it all seems to be wittering in the end, wibbling about nothing very much at all. We are after all, in the socially freest, least gender structured society, the world has ever seen: this modern western world we inhabit.
Sure, it ain\’t perfect as yet but aren\’t there more important failures that such talent can be turned toward discussing?