[Marxism] re: raunch culture
jesse75101 at yahoo.com
Mon Jan 9 09:43:46 MST 2006
Two barriers that I see to understanding "raunch feminism" is that most of the people talking about it are either middle-aged and/or men. The young women who coined the notion aren't really writing and talking about it. It's not exactly an intellectual sort of movement.
And though I'm female and a feminist, I'm too old myself to really weigh in on it meaningfully except to say that I think the assumption that it's the "anti-feminism" is presumptuous. It ignores the subculture of America's Generation Y, where the kids have grown up with little tangible evidence of female "inferiority," but where both boys and girls have the low-wage job market to look forward to when they grow up (even if they went to college). They were raised on psychobabble and DARE rhetoric and were taught to value mindless conformity and obedience. As a result, I think "raunch feminism" speaks to Gen Y on some level that the rest of us don't understand and which they aren't old enough to articulate yet.
Before those of us raised on 60's second wave feminism get too upset about "raunch culture," we might want to consider that maybe capitalism CREATED second wave feminism. After all, imagine all that labor going to waste with women staying home when those women could be out in the markets making money for the corporate CEOs! I see "raunch feminism" as partially a rebellion against this.
On the one hand you can say that,
sexual liberation is extremely new and even
revolutionary from a
historical viewpoint, maybe there will be a period of
which an overt and blatant flaunting of sexuality is
cathartic. It's also possible that the hyper-sexual
on feminism is a real-life analogy to what Marx said
would happen in
socialist society, that it would be almost subsumed by
the flaws of
capitalist society when it first emerges (maybe "birth
pangs" was the
But on the other hand, when Levy talks about the
with being strippers, running around eager to excite
male viewers on
'Girls Gone Wild', with women themselves calling the
shots to increase
this trend, perhaps this reflects the the perversion
of feminist values,
which originally had a more radical flavor, that is
inevitable under a
capitalist paradigm. Maybe this is the natural
direction of feminist
values under capitalism, to become a joke on itself.
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