Thursday, October 3, 2013

Questioning Culture

Culture discourse is fascinating--especially when reflecting on the immediate access to information and the countless opinions we are all subjected to daily. There is no shortage of topics.  Recently, I've found myself reflecting on sexuality, femininity and feminism (there is a difference between the two), business, and how the three interact--with those "Blurred Lines." I wonder if they act as a veil to keep the female from truly empowering herself? Is there a greater consumer model at play that is one-hundred-percent phallocentric? Are we as women told to feel empowered by our sexuality to only act as sexual objects? Was the sexual revolution a ploy to create submissive whores who are so far removed from themselves they willingly succumb to dominate patriarchal forces?

I Hate Strong Female Characters: "I want a male:female character ratio of 1:1 instead of 3:1 on our screens. I want a wealth of complex female protagonists who can be either strong or weak or both or neither, because they are more than strength or weakness. Badass gunslingers and martial artists sure, but also interesting women who are shy and quiet and do, sometimes, put up with others’ shit because in real life there’s often no practical alternative."

Andrea Dworkin's "Pornography, Men Possessing Women:"  "Pornography incarnates male supremacy. It is the DNA of male dominance. Every rule of sexual abuse, every nuance of sexual sadism, every highway and byway of sexual exploitation, is encoded in it. It’s what men want us to be, think we are, make us into; how men use us; not because biologically they are men but because this is how their social power is organized." 

Sinead O'Connor Warns Miley Cyrus: Music Biz Will 'Prostitute' Her:  "Real empowerment of yourself as a woman would be to in future refuse to exploit your body or your sexuality in order for men to make money from you. I needn’t even ask the question… I’ve been in the business long enough to know that men are making more money than you are from you getting naked. Its really not at all cool."

Jonathan Frazen: what's wrong with the modern world: "Culture can't catch its breath, and in the end a dead humanity lies next to its works, whose invention cost us so much of our intellect that we had none left to put them to use. We were complicated enough to build machines and too primitive to make them serve us." 

© Habit & Style, 2013

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