SELLING WHAT’S MINE

When it comes to the ownership of one's sexuality I'm not a fan of liminal spaces. A young girl btwn the ages of 18-20 once asked if I could take some pictures of her because she had dreams of becoming a 'Video Vixen.' So I asked her what her definition of a video vixen was and she pretty much told me that she wanted to shake her scantly clad ass in rapper's videos. Perhaps I'm the wrong person to speak to about these matters because my problem wasn't with her being scantly clad and sexified on TV, my problem is that she wasn't OWNING herself. If she said she wanted to start up a porn site I would have been much more receptive, because at least she would be reaping a good chunk of the financial benifits that comes along with porn, instead of getting her face cropped out of videos a and told to shake, for long hours, little pay and everlasting social implications. My motto is that if you are going to get paid to be objectified just take it all the way...ain't no half steppin. First off let's start with a working definition of Feminism. It is defined as the belief of the political, social, and economic equality of women. Just wanted to get that in before you started envisioning old white ladies trying to vote and angry lesbian archetypes.   Historically women who have owned their sexuality have not been included in the feminist canon of progressive history. They end up scribed as whores, which I think is all wrong because in their own way they are tackling the social equality part of the feminism definition.  We are all aware of the double standard when it comes to hetero sex, you know, the dude gets props for being promiscuous but the gal is a tramp if she sleeps around. I'm with you though, there's a thin line between an insecure woman who lets people have their way with her and one who uses sexuality to leverage for things.  I was reading The Seductress by Elizabeth Prioleau. the author writes in an over zealous style but the content is on point. She mentions Wallis Windsor, Cleopatra, Josephine Baker, violinist Violet Gordon Woodhouse, Gloria Steinem, Mae West,  as well as many other non conventional feminists. I must add that she tends to reference alot more women of color than one's normal feminist studies book.  Any hoot, this book had  me thinking. Power struggles are complicated and usually have to start with one's redefinition of terms and boundries. To see the rest click here When my husband first read the title of this ladies' story I rolled my eyes but after watching it and hearing her speak I was totally routing for Natalie. She's got a pretty smart idea and I the only part that's a bit disturbing to me is that the bunny ranch dude takes half...but half of 1mil or more? It's still not a bad deal and alot more (in terms of emotional compensation) than most women' get for their virginity.  Ohh and about Tyra, as a model who had her start and beginning fortune as an objectified glorified hanger (model), how can she begin to judge her decision.  It might be a stretch but beyond all the media frenzy I put Natalie's action of auctioning off her virginity right along side Yoko Ono's 1965 "Cut Piece" Whether your with me or not on this one, it's got people thinking and that's always a good thing.

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