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April 22, 2009

The Nitty Gritty


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Sometimes a blogger’s most powerful work can be found in their comments section instead of their post. In an already interesting post by Amanda Marcotte about psychology and American eating habits, the comment threads turns to feminist angles on the subject, in which Marcotte knocks this one out of the park:

Treating women like they are their bodies is the purest form of objectification. It’s why women are judged primarily by their weight and the number of penises that have touched them instead of things like what they think and what they do. It’s why so many people find contraception and abortion repulsive, because they indicate that a woman is control of her body, and not just a passive piece of flesh. It’s why female pleasure is considered suspect—because it reminds people that there’s a subjective being inside that flesh, one who experiences what her body does, one who controls it. We prefer to equate a woman with her body.

Feeling that your body belongs to you is a male privilege, and I fully intend to claim it.

Posted by Jake on April 22, 2009 9:28 pm

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