Wednesday, May 16, 2007

View From The Treetops (16 May 2007)

For the Girls...

"Yes Mabel, pole dancing, it's sooo empowering"

In a world that is not safe for us, why would you dress your child to look like a sex object? Why would you dress yourself to look like a porn star? In a world where violence against women is rampant, why would you wear a t-shirt that says “Discipline Me.”

Paula Rothenberg asks whether feminism has been defeated by the system. The full article, Snatched from the Jaws of Victory; Feminism then and Now appears on ZNet.


For the Boys...

The woman most desperately in need of liberation is the 'woman' every man has locked up in the dungeons of his psyche. That is the basic act of oppression that still waits to be undone, though the undoing might well produce the most cataclysmic reinterpretation of the sexual roles and of 'sexual normalcy' in all human history.

Since sex is also a difficult game to play, the Ur-Fascist hero plays with weapons, which are his ersatz penis: his war games are due to a permanent state of penis envy.
~Umberto Eco

I, with a deeper instinct, choose a man who compels my strength, who makes enormous demands on me, who does not doubt my courage or my toughness, who does not believe me naïve or innocent, who has the courage to treat me like a woman.
~Anaïs Nin

All societies on the verge of death are masculine. A society can survive with only one man; no society will survive a shortage of women.
~Germaine Greer


Patti Smith - Dancing Barefoot


gregra&gar said...

Wonderful post: "The woman most desperately in need of liberation is the 'woman' every man has locked up in the dungeons of his psyche."

I began to see the feminist movement being used by the traditional capitalist patriarchy as I watched the feminist achievement of new freedom to participate more completely in the workplace dovetail with the new economic necessity for both parents to hold jobs to compete in the new social hierarchy, leaving the children to be ushered into society by institutional training as soon as mom recovered from childbirth. Very slick, very insidious. Some choice!

Pisces Iscariot said...

My blogger friend Gregra&gar who commented above has posted a more personal account of his experience of the resistance to feminism/liberation in a post labelled Sexual Revelation - check it out.

Princess Haiku said...

This is an excellent post. I thought that I already left a comment here. Maybe, I just thought it in my head. I like your space a lot.