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Natalia Antonova @NataliaAntonova
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“Cover up, woman!” The pseudo-feminist modesty police reminds me of the religious fundamentalist crowd. Both want to shame you, both claim they’re doing it for your own good.
Policing what a woman wears and what she looks like, whether you're demanding that she cover up or expose more of herself, comes down to how we generally view women's bodies — as dangerous, and in need of being controlled. Men do it to women, women do it to other women.
According to pseudo-feminist, weirdly fundamentalist logic, in order to be "taken seriously" a woman must essentially become a disembodied spirit. Only then can she be appreciated "for her intelligence" or "as a human being." Having a body, making *decisions* wrt your body = bad.
This was brilliantly summed up in the film "Osama": A Taliban dude gets enraged by the sight of a woman on the back of another dude's bike, and angrily points out that he should've left her at home, because "men might get aroused." Male behavior = always a woman's responsibility.
The picture that the idiot above is ranting about is this one. It was taken by someone I love and care about. I like the light. I dig that outfit. I dig how my body looks. This doesn't make me incapable of writing on important topics/contributing to serious publications.
I should point out that the idiot above is not a random troll and has actually met me, back when I worked in Moscow. When people who have *met* you feel comfortable making comments like this, you know that something is seriously wrong in our prudish-yet-sex-obsessed culture.
Meanwhile, I'm busy writing one lengthy article in Russian & editing an essay in English. I'm bilingual, I write about Russia and about the States. I speak Ukrainian too, and am working on being fluent in it again. BUT I'M NOT A REAL WRITER™ BECAUSE I, UH, HAVE BREASTS.
By pathologizing women we also pathologize men. SHIPS WILL RUN AGROUND AND PLANES WILL FALL OUT OF THE SKY BECAUSE MEN ARE DISTRACTED BY SIDEBOOB ON THE INTERNET. Except, lol, no, they won't. Men are perfectly capable of handling themselves. The world will survive some sideboob.
While we're at it, can we also please retire the word "empowering"? It's a stupid buzzword that means absolutely nothing. Like, "I ate some toast today and felt empowered in my choices." Just... knock it off. It's dumb.
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