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Using the language of liberal feminism, he capitalises on the very lack of accountability demanded of him as a white man, writing for , to trash and slander women who challenge the very systems of power that support him.
Berlatsky’s misogyny is – like ’s – subtle and cloaked in the language of “sex-positive feminism” and liberalism. Today’s young feminist wants to make her own porn, perform stripteases (But for free…
Because it’s not work, it’s “for fun”) take her objectification into her own hands via Kardashianesque Instagram “belfies”, and rebrand prostitution as an empowering choice sexually liberated women make for themselves.
Problem is, the feminist movement has fought for women to be seen as human, not one-dimensional playthings.
Claiming to support women’s rights while simultaneously insisting on our objectification was unconvincing for the second wave.
’s existence relies on the notion of women as sexually liberated proponents of free love.
As such, the introduction of the birth control pill in America was deeply connected to not only women’s liberation but to the sexual revolution – women could now have sex “like men”, no strings attached.
Women learned to always be “up for it,” lest we be labeled repressed prudes.
Ergo, our liberation depended on our sexual availability to men.’s foremost “feminist” writer is Noah Berlatsky, whose work exemplifies their longstanding approach to feminism: men know what’s best for feminism, regardless of what feminists say.
Berlatsky has a habit of including particular women’s voices in his ongoing battle against feminism – women who will parrot back to him exactly what he already wants to believe and convey. The sexual exploitation industries have always found women to bring onside – women who are hopeful that the “sexy = empowering” mantra will prove to be true.
Though, somehow, despite all that sexy sex, writer, Sara Benincasa, whose articles include “Why Every Woman Should Do A Pinup Photo Shoot,” describes herself as “a sex-positive, body-positive, fun-loving feminist”.
” Other “feminist” articles recently published on the site include a plea to decriminalise the purchase of sex, a piece about how empowering it is to give men blowjobs, and a couple about the compatibility of feminism and porn. as a whole) refuse to acknowledge is the possibility that women’s liberation does not rest on men’s ability to find them “beautiful.” His lie, that feminists find the bodies of naked women “disgusting” is particularly misguided (and willfully so) – we know full-well that our body-hatred derives from men like him and other readers.