@WaityKatie Radical feminism may be my first love but I still have not found a way to reconcile its descriptive values with its normative ones. To wit, that power and privilege are phenomena endemic to the design of deeply embedded social structures is indisputable, but the abstraction of the problem seems to necessarily lead to a determinist analysis of behavior. So in other words I totally get that sexual power dynamics are a problem, a structural problem, but it necessarily clashes with the concept of "self-determination". There are many things, things that people want, that we would have to deny in order to effect radical change, because we ascribe some source (patriarchy) that places itself before the wants and needs of people.* They don't really want these things, they just don't know it yet. There's no real way around it. *ex. a woman might say she finds prostitution empowering, but in fact that is not her true feeling, it's a false one programmed into her by the culture. She does not respect her own body.
@City_Dater Oh shit Caitlin Moran said something? We'd better tell people exactly how they aren't empowering themselves
I always tend to stick up for Jezzie-style scolds out Hairpin way but dang, maybe I've just spent too much time away from them. Some very concerned people in this comment section
@Master Luke Pretty easily, I imagine, considering this article's not about Chester Brown or even the legalization of prostitution in a broad sense.
@MissMushkila Ah, to live in a country with a living wage for waitstaff. My European friends only flirt at work when they want to!
This was really great. Thanks for writing it!