Add this fascinating article co-authored by Dr. Gail Dines and Dr. Julia Long to your reading list!
Julia Long is a feminist activist and tireless anti-pornography campaigner. She has authored: Anti-Porn: The Resurgence of Anti-Pornography Feminism. Julia Long currently working with the London Feminist Network and OBJECT.
Here is the article she wrote with Gail Dines on hypersexualization and pornifaction of our culture with its limiting image of femininity that was published in The Guardian:
Moral panic? No. We are resisting the pornification of women
- Don’t mix up feminists fighting the the corporate media with rightwing attempts to police sex
Don’t mix up feminists fighting the the corporate media with rightwing attempts to police sex.
Women’s self-loathing is big business, and supports a global capitalist system that, ironically, depends heavily on the exploitation of women’s labour in developing countries. Adding insult to injury, many of these underpaid women are spending a significant proportion of their wages on skin-whitening products that promise social mobility out of the sweatshops.
In the west, cosmetic surgery is increasingly normalised. Last year in the UK, almost 9,500 women underwent breast augmentation surgery, and the number of labiaplasties has almost tripled in five years. One plastic surgeon helpfully explains on his website that labiaplasty ‘can sculpture the elongated or unequal labial [sic] minora (small inner lips) according to one’s specification … With laser reduction labiaplasty, we can accomplish the desires of the woman’. If this is not evidence of living in a sexualised culture, what is?
The emotional cost of conforming to hypersexualisation is enormous for girls and young women who are in the process of forming their gender and sexual identities. We construct our identities through complex processes of interaction with the culture around us, but today images of hypersexualisation dominate. Where is a girl to go if she decides Beyoncé, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Rihanna or Britney Spears aren’t for her?”
The article was originally published in The Guardian in December 2011.