Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Pornography

Just read a post [from 2003] on the subject on a site I visit fairly regularly. It was more than a relief to read the words of a man denouncing pornography without reservation. If you'd like to read it, click here.

Around this time last year, I was told about a certain brand of feminism which holds that pornography is empowering of women. Below is my response to that conversation.

STRAW-MAN
17 September 2005, 6:24 PM

Empowerment as subjugation,
one sex to another-
a familiar story with an eerie twist,
placing man beneath femininity;
making him less than
you; making you less than
you were before.

Progress as regress,
mocking evolution-
a 360 degree revolution,
now we’ve taken up
weapons both have wielded
for centuries,
reclaimed our bodies
by hurling them like hand grenades,
making Woman nothing
but body parts to lure; entice;
give some false sense of hope
that we control something
ultimately, outside of self.

And so we are violated twice-
once by men, then by ourselves.

The body of a woman holds much
power; has been misused in myriad ways-
illustrious, imaginative, ingenious-
impudent, insolent... ignorant.

You make the sacred an asylum;
beauty, ashes;
personhood a thing to wield;
womanhood, political fodder.

Empowerment becomes a straw-man,
and it matters not if you win the debate,

for the givers of life have sold
their birth-right
in order to sate their pride.

1 comment:

Michelle said...

Great poem and a very interesting/thought-provoking subject.

George MacDonald

"Home is ever so far away in the palm of your hand, and how to get there it is of no use to tell you. But you will get there; you must get there; you have to get there. Everybody who is not at home, has to go home."

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