Christy Stone Stone von Mit Ghamr, Dakahlia Governorate, Ägypten
I am borrowing the Besties (books 4-6 of the series) from a friend. Actually, I have been for over a year... I should get those back to her. Anyway, I really liked this instalment, form TJ's point of view. You don't have to be a barbie to be beautiful... You can be like Buffy ;D
Catherine MacKinnon, with the best of intentions, always seems to end up with the message that all must be constrained in order to protect the women. Here, she argues that pornography is simply too denegratory of women to continue to exist, and besides, women don't like it. She perhaps has a point, that pornography can contribute to the perception of women. However, it is not as if the only possible way to fix this is to place pornography outside the scope of free speech, effectively rendering it illegal. In this book, MacKinnon seems to say that women need protection, that they simply cannot defend themselves against society. For sure, society does not equip women to make that defense, but it is our job as concerned persons to make sure that these women know that they have this power. It is our place to educate them, not to take their options away. Perhaps the material contributes to the knowledge that women can enjoy sex. Or that there are a massive number of ways that the sexual spectrum expresses itself. Of course there will always be pornography which caters to bigoted men, but so will there be books and magazines and bars and websites. Some of which won't even have pictures. Simply making this material, or thought, or activity illegal, as MacKinnon hopes to do, does not solve the problem. Education of men and women, instead, will do it. Creation of woman-friendly porn. All manner of other, non-speech infringing ways.