I realise I\’ve made this joke before but….

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?

3 thoughts on “I realise I\’ve made this joke before but….”

  1. Book contracts cannot be far behind…

    My understanding is the first one is written…

    We are after all, in the socially freest, least gender structured society, the world has ever seen:

    Probably true. But is it good enough? There’s still discrimination, there’s still assumptions based on gender norms instead of individual preferences, etc.

    And if it’s something you care about and can get paid to write about, why not? Better to build a career writing about this than to be forced into building a career writing about celebs and similar, the way a lot of young wannabe journos have to.

    When she’s established properly, whe’ll be able to write about absolutely anything and still get paid top dollar. I reckon that’s quite good.

  2. We are after all, in the socially freest…society, the world has ever seen…

    So, “bansturbation” is a trifling concern, is it?

    😉

  3. “I’m not really sure why I find it all to be so annoying to be honest.”

    Because you fancy her?

    Tim adds: I’m sure that Laurie is extremely happy to find out that this particular middle aged man does not fancy her. My age, political view, gut size and no doubt other particulars of my character would put me in the “Yurk!” section for her. I of course, being a gentleman, do not go so far, but would assure you, her, and others that if I were to leave my wife I would be attempting to press my attentions upon those more likely to appreciate them.

    Or at least give in to them.

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