Telling people that they are Doin’ It Rong because they are doing it differently than people do it on the telly, or in books, or (Blob forbid) differently than you did it? Who made you the This Is How It Is police?
Isn’t it interesting, that in this particular instance, the blame seems to be directed at the person who is distributing these photos when they shouldn’t be, rather than at the people who actually posed for the photograph? There are no platitudes about how careful men need to be, or about how they need to be educated about the consequences of their actions.
This is part of our December slowdown Blast From The Past reposting program. This post was originally published May 2nd, 2007.
I’ve been contemplating this post: The Male Gaze… falls upon a Nursing Mother…. by Morgan Gallagher. I think there’s an important truth in there, something feminists find themselves saying over and over and over again: “It’s not about you.”
Items of interest come across recently in my feed-reader – #MooreandMe, Naomi Wolf trivialising rape allegations, #talkaboutit, negotiating consent and a couple that aren’t about Assange at all (how did that happen?). What did I miss? Leave your own interesting links in comments.