Pornography

“Never take your clothes off for a middle-aged man who claims that it’s art.”

By · Sunday, February 6th, 2011 · 38 Comments »

That’s a quote from Maria Schneider; it appears at the top of this excellent essay by Suzie at Echidne of the Snakes. I’m linking it here just because it’s such a good post that I want you to go read it. Like Suzie, I was too young to see Last Tango in Paris when it […]

Looks like my generation may be the last to actually enjoy sex

By · Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011 · 41 Comments »

Horrifying article in Salon about pornography—not anything I didn’t already know, but it’s depressing to be reminded: In an excellent essay [here], Davy Rothbart writes about his struggle to get off with a real, live woman — and he blames it on porn: “For a lot of guys, switching gears from porn’s fireworks and whiz-bangs […]

Today’s dose of casual sexism

By · Wednesday, December 1st, 2010 · 40 Comments »

From Glenn Greenwald, famed advocate of human rights for men: …as soon as Scott Ritter began telling the truth about Iraqi WMDs, he was publicly smeared with allegations of sexual improprieties. As soon as Eliot Spitzer began posing a real threat to Wall Street criminals, a massive and strange federal investigation was launched over nothing […]

Official statement from the Smoking Lounge regarding the role of media (including pornography) in the cultural construction and maintenance of sexism and misogyny

By · Wednesday, October 21st, 2009 · 19 Comments »

Hey, kids, it’s time for another episode of Comments That Should Have Been Posts! The comment in question was deposited by me on the thread attached to this post, the subject of which was Rihanna’s “sexy” impersonation of a barbed-wire torture victim. Voilà: This is the sort of thing that Liberal Dude Nation would say […]

Because torture is so sexy

By · Tuesday, October 20th, 2009 · 29 Comments »

Thank God the music industry is doing its part to de-glamorize violence against women: That’s the artwork for Rihanna’s new single, “Russian Roulette.” MTV is thrilled by what it calls the “racy” cover, featuring the pop singer’s “provocative barbed wire-wrapped torso.” Racy. Provocative. You know what it reminds me of? Those crime scene photos of […]

The pornification of breast cancer

By · Saturday, October 10th, 2009 · 45 Comments »

I’m too pissed off about this to write a proper post, so this is gonna be kind of a connect-the-dots type thing. A few quotes and links, some pictures, possibly arrows. Here we go: If you’re a sentient adult female in this country, you probably know that “breast cancer awareness” is a pink sewer hole […]

Christie Hefner, Sarah Palin, and the meaning of feminism

By · Tuesday, September 29th, 2009 · 29 Comments »

Last year I got into several disputes over whether it was appropriate for Sarah Palin to consider herself a feminist. Most people, including me, consider her abortion stance anti-feminist, but is that alone enough to disqualify her? She clearly embraces the feminist message in other respects, and self-identifies as a feminist. (Notice, of course, that […]

David Letterman, the voice of dude nation

By · Wednesday, June 10th, 2009 · 118 Comments »

I was about to hit the sack this morning (don’t ask) when I noticed a few emails in my inbox about David Letterman. “Is he still alive?” I wondered. It occurred to me that perhaps he’d died in an autoerotic asphyxiation accident, and would soon be joining David Carradine and Michael Hutchence in the Freakazoids […]

I apologize for linking to Glenn Greenwald

By · Monday, May 25th, 2009 · 74 Comments »

(Update: I have been asked to preface this post with a warning that readers may find it disturbing.) When I posted a link to Glenn Greenwald’s column the other day, I was unaware of his history as an advocate for torturers. Greenwald has vigorously championed torturers’ rights, has explicitly privileged their version of events over […]

One Perfect Sentence

By · Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008 · 9 Comments »

Twisty: The idea that women’s public sexuality can so precisely mirror traditional male fantasy while simultaneously existing in a kind of pro-woman, I-do-it-for-myself alternate universe is the cornerstone of funfeminist “thought.”