–but first, a tree:
Aaagh. Don’t you just want to hug it?
The state of the patriarchy and the feminist revolution:
Should Lolita be banned? Nah. Banning it, or any other pornographic “work,” would be like trying to treat 2,567,438 purulent boils with a single drop of Boil-Away.** Banning stuff never works. It just creates shadowy, subterranean subcultures who get off on the bannedness of their precious banned thing.
In any event, banning Lolita would do nothing to eradicate the underlying humanitarian crisis of which it is a symptom. Instead, I suggest a feminist response to pornography that advocates — persistently, and with salty language, ridicule, satire, and shaming — the eradication of any social order predicated on the existence and oppression of a sex class.
For the (as ever heart-thumpingly boot-stompingly brilliant) rest, see:
- Spinster aunt casts jaundiced eye at scepter of passion (2011-08-10)*
- Spinster aunt can’t shut the fuck up all of a sudden (2011-08-18)*
For more, audio this time from BBC Radio 4, on starting the week. Plus some roundups bridging from the end of one to the start of the next. Features a fair dose of patriarchy and patriarchalism, may require sorting wheat from chaff:
- Start the Week
- Broadcasting House
- Front Row
- Great Unanswered Questions
- Home Planet
- In Our Time
- Last Word
- Material World
- A Point of View
- Thinking Allowed