March 7, 2017

Bitches, Bimbos, and Ballbreakers: The Guerrilla Girls' by Guerrilla Girls

By Guerrilla Girls

No matter what existence a girl leads, from biker chick to society lady, there's a stereotype she'll need to stay down. The Guerrilla Girls, infamous for his or her outrageous tackle women's concerns, now take on the maze of stereotypes that stick with girls from cradle to grave. With subversive use of information-and nice visuals-they discover the heritage and importance of stereotypes like previous Maid, Trophy spouse, and Prostitute with a center of Gold. They tag the pinnacle varieties, research sexual slurs, clarify the evolution of butches and femmes, and delve into the lives of actual and fictional girls who've turn into stereotypes, from Aunt Jemima to Tokyo Rose to June Cleaver. The Guerrilla Girls' most modern attack on injustice in the direction of girls will make humans chuckle, lead them to mad, and even perhaps cause them to swap their minds.

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But with this difference: a diary is almost always a private matter. Its raw honesty, its dedication to marking life as it happens and remembering life as it was, makes it a terrestrial log. A few diaries are meant to be read by others, of course, 38 WHY INTERNET PORN M AT T E R S just as correspondence could be—but usually posthumously, or as a way to compile facts for a more considered autobiographical rendering. But a blog, unlike a diary, is instantly public. It transforms this most personal and retrospective of forms into a painfully public and immediate one.

For instance, Peter Esterhazy writes about the pornographic conditions of dictatorship in his book A Little Hungar­ ian Pornography. “Life in a dictatorship is different than life in a democracy. You live in a different way. And you write in a different way. ” He presents the pornographic DEMOCRACY AND THE I N F O R M AT I O N SOCIETY 39 as the order of lies and invites the reader to “imagine, if we can, a country where everything is a lie” (quoted in Cornell 2000, 606). “Such a total, all encompassing lie, when from history through green-pea soup, when from our father’s eyebrows and our lover’s lap everything is a lie, not to mention this theoretical yet very tangible presence of threat, all this makes for a highly poetic situation” (607).

It is the hallucination of detail that rules. . End of the secret. ” ([1979] 1990, 31). Thus, Baudrillard argues, pornography and the feminine are like oil and water—and in our pornographic culture the seductive power of the feminine is disappearing rapidly, leaving behind only this babbling quadrophonics of sex. He condemns this erasure of the feminine, but not because it causes harm to women in particular. Everyone suffers from the disappearance of the feminine. Pornography is not just one genre among others in the information society.

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