Moron Slutwalk October 2, 2011Posted by FCM in feminisms, liberal dickwads, logic, PIV, politics, pop culture, rape.
Tags: slutwalk, venn diagrams
when i first sat down to create this graphic, my intent was to show why liberal men and self-identified feminist men seem so interested in slutwalk: why are they participating at all, whats in it for them? clearly, they are participating because their own male privilege and power is being challenged (this is why they get involved in most things…also note their rage when their participation is itself questioned) but in the case of slutwalk i think its very clear where this challenge is coming from. this is liberal mens entitlement to womens bodies being challenged by more “conservative” mens ideas about women and “sex.” namely, that conservative men think women in general shouldnt dress like sluts and whores for men in general, because under conservative sexual politics womens sexuality is confined to their reproductive servitide to one man at a time within the context of marriage.
conservative mens own use of prostitutes of course needs some examining here, but the one thing they always say when they get caught is that they have “sinned.” isnt it? they are flawed and faulty human beings who have run afoul of their own values. not that theres anything wrong with their values (according to themselves) just that they couldnt (chose not to) personally adhere to them, when using prostituted “common women” for sex. well looky there, ive examined it! that was easier than i thought. and that now-infamous toronto police officer who advised women to stop dressing like sluts if they wanted to stop men raping them was an expression of conservative sexual mores, that threatened liberal mens entitlement to have girls and women dressing as slutty as fucking possible, for liberal mens pleasure. this was a clash of liberal mens and conservative mens respective brands of rape-culture. this is what liberal men are protesting, when they get involved in slutwalk. mystery solved.
but what this graphic also revealed, i think, is that slutwalk cannot possibly challenge “rape culture” because it happens in the friction and overlap where 2 rape cultures collide. the existence of rape culture in itself didnt precipitate the need for slutwalk: the 2 brands of rape culture being incompatible with one another and creating friction and overlap at one point is what created this “emergency.” and protesting this emergency (of 2 brands of rape culture being incompatible with one another somewhat on some issues but not creating enough static to undermine either one of them) is what gave rise to this. men creating conflict between and amongst themselves, as to the proper use of womens bodies within patriarchy and within a male-centric PIV-as-sex paradigm that colonizes and kills women for mens pleasure, and increases male power and increases womens submission to men. warring factions of slaveowning men, disagreeing somewhat on the proper use of their sexual slaves, would not be an inaccurate description of whats happening here.
the message here is not that theres anything wrong with rape culture as such: the message seems to be that liberal mens brand of rape culture is better than the alternative brand, but is that really true? conservative women dont seem to think so: they seem to think that theirs is better, or at least that there is no escaping rape culture so its better to be the property of one man than all men. so theres even some disagreement amongst the sexual slaves as to whats the better deal under this inherently oppressive regime. a feminist analysis of course would reveal that all brands of rape culture are still rape culture.
there is friction and overlap here, but its all very much within the context of rape culture, and it all very much supports (and comprises) rape culture as such. on the ground, i have no doubt that this would all seem very confusing for women who are fucking sick and tired of all of it, of knowing men are salivating when we walk by and that its because we are on the menu, and the dinner bell is always ringing. this happens no matter how or even whether we are dressed. the cognitive dissonance here must be paralyzing, and this is in fact what we see: this post entitled “post slutwalk anxiety” reveals quite a lot. second-wave feminists not being welcome (gee i wonder why?); issues of “consent” being brought up, which is rape-culture language and benefits men and causes extreme anxiety in women, even in the context of this allegedly empowering exercise; and the issue of there being severe consequences to resistance, and the fact of any resistance to rape culture at all being incompatible with womens real lives, no matter how liberally they identify and how deeply they are involved and invested in liberal politics. there is a reason this is happening in the context of slutwalk. it doesnt mean what they are being told it means, and what they want desperately for it to mean. it doesnt mean that. but clearly, its not meaningless. slutwalk — and mens participation in it — just mean something else entirely.
and it *is* stunning, the complexity and the audacity do have that effect. but it doesnt have to be paralyzing. it doesnt have to be this way. some “feminism” does actually make sense. and we will be there, supporting them, when women have an a-ha moment and realize what all of this means (and what it doesnt). and this does happen. radical feminists have always performed this function — to support women and womens interests as a sexual class around the world, no matter what — and we always will.