Pity poor Catherine MacKinnon, the extremely ideological, thoroughly antimale feminist “scholar.” It seems she has been reduced to redundancy. After years of decrying how porn oppresses women, hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of young and not so young women freely, enthusiastically — nay, narcissistically — photograph or video themselves in the nude and in sexual acts of all kinds, then upload their work to the Internet for all the world to see.
What does that make of MacKinnon’s “pornography is oppression” theory, wherein mostly poor women are forced by “conditions of inequality based on sex” to take part in porn to please men?
Alas, it seems that technology has exposed the real deal: women, to whom limitless opportunities in the work world are now available, have discovered the Internet-driven power of female sexuality and are leaping into porn not necessarily to please men but to immortalize themselves as beauty/sex objects!
So what say you now, MacKinnon, after years of blaming pornography on men? Ah, yes, probably this: It’s still men’s fault, because if men didn’t consume porn, women would fulfill themselves elsewhere. But you could easily turn that around: It’s women’s fault, because if women didn’t do porn — which they are voluntarily doing in unprecedented number in an era of unprecedented opportunities elsewhere — men couldn’t consume it. Still, no doubt in MacKinnon’s mind, it can’t be turned around: women are ever-powerless victims under the total control of the omnipotent, oppressive male.
Such thinking, in my view, would be just one example of how MacKinnon has for decades stacked the deck against men in her psychologically abusive tracts, all the while missing a crucial point about porn: its aim was never to subjugate or degrade women; it was to separate men from their money in a world where males are socialized to seek sex and women to ration it. That socialization gives women an awful lot of power. Limiting sex is the original and extant female conspiracy against men.
No one does anything without a pay-off, real or perceived, immediate or later.