Thursday, January 19, 2006

Wonderful reading for all!

There are times when you feel like you're continually banging your head against a brick wall, and that any words you say against what is considered The Standard Order of Things are whispers in the wind. Then you read the many brilliant, outspoken feminist bloggers, and you realise that those whispers are in fact screams, and that you are surrounded by fellow screamers, and that the problem isn't the wind or the wall, but rather people with their fingers stuck in their ears singing 'We like it this way. This is natural. This is how it's meant to be. La la la la la'. Despite that unpleasant chorus, you realise that you are not alone.

A couple of links:

Thank you to Lauren at Feministe for her wonderful work compiling the Carnival of Feminists which, as you may have noticed, extended my Blog Roll so that it is now so long it touches the floor. In her latest post Lauren explains how she's leaving the blogging world. Lauren, I'll miss you.

In today's Guardian, Katharine Viner has written a badly needed and insightful piece on the links between patriarchal capitalism and prostitution. Two choice snippets:

[P]rostitution is booming and official Britain has now acknowledged that the buying of sex is not just a fact of life but an expression of men's power over women, which would not exist in a free and equal society.

In many ways, the increasing acceptability of prostitution reflects our sacrifice of morality and equality on the altar of capitalist ethics. Sex has been resolutely commodified, and it is hard to argue against anything if you are making money, since the making of money has become an acceptable moral justification in itself.

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