Whirr2005-10-10
Post-Feminism
Just read an interesting Salon article (that you will have to watch an ad in order to read) about Female Chauvinist Pigs--women who embrace and promote (and in some cases produce) "the single entendre T-shirt, implants, excessive waxing, cardio pole-dancing classes, Playboy bunny keychains, Howard Stern and Robin Quivers".

The article seems to have produced a large number of angry letters accusing the author of being overly sex-negative, but it seems like a good point to me.

In fact, the description of the "female chauvinists", who wear "fuck me" t-shirts and pole-dance at parties (while the men remain clothed) and the like are analogous to the rise of african-american* gangsta' culture: up through the 60's, black people were seen by the majority culture as criminal savages that had to be restrained for their own good. Then real progress was made, and a viable alternative image began to be accepted... and now there is a massive culture that celebrates criminality and savagery again.

Is there a different / better interpretation of these movements? Does anyone have an article or two that I could read analyzing gangsta' or "raunch" culture? Are there other analogues about minority cultures embracing the most destructive stereotypes of the majority after they begin to make headway? Was there a big "let's be lazy drunkards" culture after the Irish being to gain acceptance?

Or maybe I'm misreading this all--if someone could point me towards an empowering interpretation of this all, I'd be much obliged.





*Side note--I read an essay somewhere that suggested that the best way to deal with the exoticism of race was to refuse to accept it, and that one good way to do that was to refuse to capitalize racial terms. "A Black man" refers to a member of the Black people, essentially an Other, while "A black man" is more adjectival, a man who happens to be black. Anyway, this might not work as well with the term "african-american", which is problematic on its own. It's a term that I feel entirely comfortable using, politically, as I feel that it is the most neutral descriptor of black people... however it's clearly a stupid, stupid term, especially when describing people around the world. Caucasian, incidentally, is a term with an equal number of problems. And now this footnote is longer than the blog entry.
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