Women in porn and pin-up magazines aren’t owning their sexuality for empowerment; their sexuality is owned by the companies they are posing/ having sex for, and being sold to “empower” straight men’s sexual privilege.
Autostraddle published another super-gross article that takes an element of women’s oppression and rebrands it as “empowering.” (Of course, there is no end of articles like this in the world—neoliberalism has been deliberately rebranding oppression as empowerment for at least three decades, for the purpose of destroying leftist movements and supporting capitalism.)
Anyway, this article is called “How My Dad’s Dirty Magazines Shaped My Queer Sexuality.” Like most sex-pozzie articles on Autostraddle, this should have come with a damn trigger warning.
The author narrates how, as a young teen, she used to come home quickly after school to look through her dad’s magazines while she had an opportunity to be alone in the house. She started on motorcycle magazines with sexy women draped over the motorcycles like decorations, and then moved on to magazines with real nudity, then eventually moved on to Internet porn from there. She says she…
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