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Response to Squinch (Reply #85)

Sat Aug 2, 2014, 09:40 AM

90. "Now tell me all about what a feminist you are."

I dunno, which is the right kind of feminist? The kind that seeks to legitimize sex work as a viable choice for women or the kind that believes sex work further objectifies women? Spare me the pretention that there is a monolithic definition of "Feminist." I'll define who I am as a person and what makes me a feminist -- not you or anyone else. And that alone makes me a feminist. I'm not here to live in the box you built for yourself.

If someone wants to walk around with the goodies out for all to see that's them. The fact remains that the nude female form is a commodity whose exposure is traded for money. The men who do so don't spend their lives in dark, smoke-filled strip clubs, they also walk the streets. Whether its viable work for a woman is beside the point, the oglers will now be ogling -- for free. That is the sub-text to my comment, albeit delivered with a twist of humor and irony.

I'll argue that the state should NOT be using force to stop women from walking around topless long before I'll argue whether or not its a gender equality or sexual objectification issue. Cops should be out doing more important shit, like busting people who are slipping date rape drugs into alcoholic beverages given to minors and then proceeding to sexually assault those minors.

If you want to talk public decency I will readily state without apology that there are some breasts just weren't meant to be seen in public. Large, grotesque, flopping pendulous things. My dad, for instance. Let me know when you want to pass an ordinance for mandatory back and moob shaving.

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