Pornography

This video features Andrea Dworkin discussing her book, Pornography, in 1991. The video is full of heartbreaking accounts of women’s exploitation.

As always, Dworkin is a fierce and compassionate warrior for all women.

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Why Are There No Great Women Chefs?

In a recent discussion among friends, I mentioned the tyranny of the kitchen, how women are bound and kept occupied by always being in charge of food, the shopping, the prepping, the planning, the dieting. If you care for others you may even find yourself judged by what you prepare for them. This is another form of forced socialization of women and another opportunity to scrutinize and criticize women, mothers, especially.

Then a friend wisely pointed out how men seem to dominate professional cooking while women’s culinary talent is restricted to the home and thus ignored.

So I did some digging and I came upon this excellent piece by Charlotte Druckman for Gastronomica, February 5, 2010 which offers insightful analysis of the way chefs are portrayed regarding their sex.

From Practice to Theory

Or, What is a White Woman Anyway

by Catharine MacKinnon, 1996

 

“The movement for the liberation of women, including in law, moves the other way around. It is first practice, then theory. Actually, it moves this way in practice, not just in theory. Feminism was a practice long before it was a theory. On its real level, the Women’s Movement–where women move against their determinants as women–remains more practice than theory. This distinguishes it from academic feminism. For women in the world, the gap between theory and practice is the gap between practice and theory. We know things with our lives, and live that knowledge, beyond anything any theory has yet theorized. Women’s practice of confrontation with the realities of male dominance outruns any existing theory of the possibility of consciousness or resistance. To write the theory of this practice is not to work through logical puzzles or entertaining conundra, not to fantasize utopias, not to moralize or tell people what to do. It is not to exercise authority; it does not lead practice. Its task is to engage life through developing mechanisms that identify and criticize rather than reproduce social practices of subordination and to make tools of women’s consciousness and resistance that further a practical struggle to end inequality. This kind of theory requires humility and it requires participation.”

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