Okay, at this point, I am beating this topic (my disdain for the ass backwards logic of radical feminists) to death. I know that I am, but every single day I am reminded about how illogical, irrational, and just plain fucking wrong they are, and I’m going to keep writing about it until someone fucking gets it!
First, a brief history lesson.
Radical Feminism 101
Andrea Dworkin 1946-2005 (thank god there was an end date): American radical feminist who had some particularly batshit crazy ideas. In a nutshell, Dworkin hated men (although she married a gay one), believed that pornography was a human rights violation, and here’s the best one- believed that all sex is rape. That’s right…ALL SEX IS RAPE. Actually, that’s what journalist Cathy Young extrapolated from Dworkin’s famous quote “Intercourse is the pure, sterile, formal expression of men's contempt for women.”
Umm…WHAT?? I guess it’s safe to say that Andrea Dworkin never had good sex with a man (or anyone? I mean C’MON, she was SO angry all of the time!)
Oh…but it gets worse. Let the batshit crazy continue- In 1989, Dworkin testified in front of the Attorney General’s Commission on Pornography. She claimed that Playboy magazine promoted rape and childhood sexual abuse, among many other ridiculous allegations. Her half hour long speech can be found on YouTube, but don’t listen to it after eating. Friendly warning.
So, ding dong, the witch is dead…but wait. Her legacy lives on because, believe it or not, many radical feminists STILL preach these same ideals. There is a Facebook group which will remain nameless (begins with “Fem” and ends in “ism”!), and its members CONSTANTLY come up with this kind of garbage:
“There is nothing empowering about being raped. Which is all sex work is. Men paying women to be raped. Paid or not, willing or not, it's still rape”
Yes, somebody actually wrote that, in response to the idea that some women find sex work to be empowering. The very definition of rape is that it is NON consensual, so how the fuck does this statement make any sense? Oh that’s right- IT DOESN’T. I dare the idiot that wrote that statement to approach an actual rape victim and say “Hey, sometimes rape is consensual. I know a prostitute who was paid $500 last night to have great sex with a regular client of hers. It was totally consensual, but I still classify it as rape.” Do these rad fems have ANY idea how offensive that would be to an actual rape victim? Think before you speak, ladies. Seriously.
Here’s another scenario- A porn performer tells a radical feminist about her latest experience on set. She enjoyed the scene, is proud of her work, and got paid. Little Miss (excuse me, Ms.) Rad Fem replies with “Wow- are you ok? You were raped!” Porn star replies “What…no, I was not raped. It’s my job, I was paid for a scene. Actually, I found it empowering!” Ms. Rad Fem replies with the original statement above, “There is nothing empowering about being raped. Which is all sex work is.”
Ok, so what just happened? One woman told another woman that she was raped, when in fact, she was not. DENYING THE REALITY OF THE SITUATION, DISMISSING THE WOMAN’S WORDS. What does this remind you of…? It reminds me of the thousands of women who are raped every year, and are told “Nah, that wasn’t rape.” Start listening to women, and when they say they’ve been raped- BELIEVE THEM. When they say that they haven’t been raped, BELIEVE THEM, even if it goes against your moral fabric. Also- who the fuck died and gave you the right to tell another woman what is and isn’t empowering for her??? Oh, that’s right. Dworkin, in 2005. Carry on the torch, ladies (and some men).
So what’s next? Will the rad fems start asserting that a woman who accepts a gift from a man whom she is sleeping with is engaging in sex work? What about the woman who accepts a $50,000 engagement ring from her boyfriend, and then gives him a mind-altering blow job that evening. Is that rape? Or, is this acceptable, since it’s taking place within the confines of a relationship? As many of us know, giving a good blow job can be WORK, and is often rewarded! So, is that sex work? Is it rape? I’m sure Ms. Dworkin would have answered “Yes.”
Oh, and while I'm at it- F*ck you too Shelley Lubben, because the same crazy shit comes out of your mouth, regarding women in pornography. I hear that you're having a LOVELY event tomorrow, PornStars4Puppies. If you're so disgusted by the porn industry, WHY do you keep calling yourself a "porn star?" Also, I'm not too sure what the exact definition of "porn star" is, but I'm pretty damn sure that you did not meet criteria.
Here's one of my favorite photos of Shelley Lubben below. It appears that she's posing in what might be a strip club? I'm not really sure what the hell that crazy woman is doing in that photo. Perhaps trying to hunt down Ron Jeremy so he can sign her boobs again.
Okay, I'm done for the day. Thank you PMS.