I was reading old blog posts from Greg Mankiw when I stumbled on this one:
Todd D. Kendall, an economist at Clemson University, reports that more pornography leads to less rape:
The arrival of the internet caused a large decline in both the pecuniary and non-pecuniary costs of accessing pornography. Using state-level panel data from 1998-2003, I find that the arrival of the internet was associated with a reduction in rape incidence.
I’ve previously seen that report, back in my first fumbling forrays into feminism. Of course, Mankiw is far from a shining example of a feminist, even if he did go watch the Sex and the City movie with his wife.
Too bad rape and pornography aren’t about lust for sex but about lust for power. And in the case of those two behaviors, one is more culturally accepted than the other. So people with a little morality recognize that one is a little better than the other, as rape manifests itself in violence and psychological damage, while pornography can narrow this damage down to a select group of people (the actors/actresses).
In any case, while eliminating rape is a priority for feminism, I doubt any feminist would consider that goal as the end-all, that’s-it-we’re-done. I’d rather establish equality between genders. Too bad it’s impossible when porn consumers are still operating under Let’s-Uphold-the-Patriarchy through porn usage instead of rape.
Note: I understand that plenty of people have written about this before but I am too lazy to look up links.
Blatant racism, immaturity, physical harassment, annoyance, further disturbance of my already-damaged ears. Oh, the joys of public education. Wait, and I thought I was in a good school system? This city/town is nationally ranked for a good education system, and the school has repeatedly won national awards and has an obscene number of Presidential Scholars. And good girls don’t get physically harassed, of course. I must have been asking for it. I’m just “acting the victim.” Oh, and nevermind that it wasn’t a guy, or several guys, who were bothering me. Girl on girl hate crime. How silly. Those women can’t even band together. Who can expect them to possibly fight the patriarchy?
Basically, I got my head and hair knocked around for 50 straight minutes. (A white teddy bear was involved.) It was very aggravating, as you can expect. I was too PC and afraid to call them out because of their sex and their race. Too pacifist to stir up more of a fight. It was a public space, after all, and I didn’t want to create more disturbance.
As a result, I was crabby. It was almost like I had PMS, except I don’t ever get PMS, or cramps. Those damn emotions that women have. I must have been swayed by them, because women can’t think straight and make rational decisions. </sarcasm>
Anyway, some examples of sexism from today:
- Hillary Clinton sexism: During the Quiz Bowl assembly, the two teams were asked, “Who are the four remaining leading presidential candidates and what states are each of them affiliated with?” The losing team didn’t know where Mike Huckabee hailed from (the question was written way before last night’s results) and the winning team answered, “Barack Obama, Illinois; Hillary, New York; John McCain, Arizona; Mike Huckabee, Arkansas.” First name basis with Hillary, now, I see. Where’s the respect?
- Presenting misogyny as a joke: During the same assembly, the two male MC’s joke about ignoring women when they speak. They improvise a scene with the two guys talking about baseball and the female MC is trying to get in a word. Finally, she throws up her hands and declares, “Guys never listen to girls!” The two guys laugh. A lot of people in the audience laugh. It’s ok if nobody listens to girls and women, this laughter says, it happens all the time. Live with it. Your opinions aren’t worth listening to, during baseball season. The two guys even said, “Just wait a couple more weeks!” Until season is over, of course. Baseball > women.
- Girls suck at anything sports-related: The dancing from clips of the school musical (Damn Yankees, whose Wikipedia poster is another objectification of women) showed the manly boys swinging their baseball bats with vigor and heart and the women hopelessly muddling it up. In fact, their weak arms swing the bat in tiny, wavering circles, and they have to hand it off to their men. Girls suck at sports, anyway, this dancing declares. They have to stand in the bleachers.
- “Shut the fuck up, bitch,” addressed to a guy: Feminization of men is still the best insult these days. Sissy, pussy, you cry like a girl. (What’s up with crying? As a man, you can’t do it. As a woman, you are frigid and inhumane and not womanly if you don’t, yet too emotionally and not level-headed if you do.) This happens because women are seen as weaker, not just physically, but mentally, socially, economically, and in terms of humanness.
Are some of these sexist events unavoidable? Perhaps. Do their existence promote and reinforce stereotypes? Yes. And if you want to eradicate those stereotypes, these things need to stop.