Wednesday, November 19, 2008

More on the Difference Between Sexism and Misogyny.

About 2 weeks ago, I asked the question: What's the Difference Between Sexism and Misogyny? Readers offered a number of very thoughtful comments in response to the question. Since then, I've come across a few opinion pieces that were devoid of presidential fever rhetoric and thus more dispassionate in their perspectives. Such as this one about

a Sarah Palin lookalike contest held at Vegas strip club (oh, sorry, “gentleman’s club”). Lots of bikinis, sexualized use of guns and sexism abound. ....

There are two problems with both the porn film and this strip club contest, and neither one of them is about porn and stripping in general. The first issue is consent. Sarah Palin did not consent to having her image used in this way. Portraying her sexually like this without her consent is a violation — and contrary to what many people apparently think, existing as a woman in public is not the same as consenting to use of your body as public property. This isn’t satire or parody; it’s just sexist and degrading. ....

We still live in a world where women seemingly cannot be seen as sexual and at the same time be taken seriously. We still live in a world where sexuality itself is seen as degrading to women. That is the purpose of these types of exercises — to debase Palin by reminding everyone that she (presumably) has a vagina and is therefore only good for fucking. I truly believe that if sex was not still viewed as inherently degrading to women, we wouldn’t be seeing these sorts of displays at all. ....

An acknowledgment of female sexuality shouldn’t be seen as mocking — these portrayals of Palin only reinforce the idea that it is.

Yes, I think that captures the specific sexism and misogyny directed at Sarah Palin - remember, it was the Republican guys who first bestowed the MILF label on her.

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