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Chicks Dig Porn

Feminists wondering why women are sex objects should study their own playbook.

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Susan L.M. Goldberg

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October 23, 2013 - 8:00 am
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For all of you still intent on complaining about Miley Cyrus, just remember: It was her choice (not that of those 70-year-old Jewish men who she claims run her industry) to brand herself as a naked, tongue-wagging sex kitten.

Earlier this month, Acculturated ran two stories back to back on the same day. In one, a Christian photographer debated the use of the female form as art. The other article examined the lack of mainstream media outrage when Republican women are sexually smeared (think Miley as Michele on SNL). Pondering why some of the greatest European and African nations have powerful females in government, the author of said article concluded: “Maybe the reason America doesn’t have more women in public life is because here we are all sluts….” Whether we’re objets d’art or whores, women have lost their cultural standing as human beings in America.

And considering there’s way more of us than men in America, I’m tending to think a good chunk of our bad rap is our fault.

We’re the demographic who turned a porno fanfiction into a record-breaking blockbuster hit overnight. Yep, you can’t blame those fantasy weirdos anymore for skewing reading stats: Fifty Shades of Grey has outdone the Harry Potter series in sales thanks to female readers.

50 SOG has become such a media phenom that I’ve even seen women—and it’s  always women—unabashedly reading it in paperback in Starbucks, showing off its distinctive black and white  cover. It’s the fact that it’s a media phenom that makes this OK, of course. …Still, you won’t see people, or men, cracking open “The Story of O” or “Penthouse Forum” in public anytime soon. With 50SOG, you can still claim you’re reading it for ironic hipster reasons.

Postmodernity has allowed us to pseudo-intellectualize anything in pop culture. Of all the things today’s ladies could’ve gone for, they decided submissive S&M was hip. And if you think women are keeping their porn classy by sticking to softcover fiction, thanks to E.L. James’s Twilight ripoff:

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