Pity poor Catherine MacKinnon, the extremely ideological 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 in this Age of the Selfie (celebs and everyday citizens posting their self-made pictures online), freely, enthusiastically — nay, narcissistically — snap selfies in the nude and in sexual acts of all kinds, then upload their work to the Internet for all the world to see.
“My experience in porn has been nothing but supportive, exciting, thrilling and empowering. I am not ashamed of porn. On the contrary, doing pornography fulfills me.” -Lauren A., XOJane.com
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, creating it not necessarily to please men but to immortalize themselves as beauty/sex objects.
And what about this, Ms. MacKinnon: Women also appear to be, according to Vice, big-time online porn users:
“While men still search for significantly more porn than women, search rates for these more extreme types of sexual content are at least twice as common among women than men.
“Those statistics make for fairly surprising reading, but are the facts Dr. Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, a former Google data scientist, discovered when he was given complete access to PornHub’s search and views data for his upcoming book. ‘If there is a genre of porn in which violence is perpetrated against a woman, my analysis of the data shows that it almost always appeals disproportionately to women,’ he writes.”
The Vice article quotes studies speculating that the women consuming violent online porn may have been victims of abuse and, in some cases, forced to view it by men. But if women voluntarily participate in creating online porn, including violent porn–and getting paid for it–why can’t they voluntarily commit the lessor sin of watching it? Meanwhile, no one seems to notice that the entertainment industry makes big bucks off the men and women who see the abundant movies depicting the most graphic violence imaginable against men, violence you rarely if ever see against women.
“…[T]he online pornography industry itself is collapsing as amateurs take over from professionals.” -Globe & Mail columnist Margaret Wente
So what does MacKinnon say now, after years of blaming pornography on men? It’s still men’s fault? 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 voluntarily do in unprecedented number in an era of unprecedented opportunities in the world of work (while men barely have a toehold in the world of children) — men couldn’t consume it. Nevertheless, no doubt in MacKinnon’s mind the notion of “it’s still men’s fault” can’t be turned around: women are ever-powerless victims under the total control of the ever-powerful male. To MacKinnon, women are mindless robots programmed to service men.
Empirically, all pornography is made under conditions of inequality based on sex, overwhelmingly by poor, desperate, homeless, pimped women who were sexually abused as children. -C. MacKinnon, “Only Words“
Such thinking, in my view, would be just one example of how MacKinnon, who in the end is revealed not as a feminist but as a deeply entrenched and perhaps disturbed sexist, 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; “subjugating or degrading women” was merely the means to porn’s real aim: separating men from their money in a world where males are socialized to seek sex and women are socialized to ration it. That socialization gives women an awful lot of power over heterosexual men seeking sex or intimacy. Limiting sex is the original and extant female conspiracy against men.
“When a guy writes a scene where a woman does a deviant sex act on camera, it’s objectifying. But when a woman writes it, it’s feminism. When girls write it for themselves, it’s extra taboo because it’s like, ‘Women have all these ideas, too! We thought men were making them do all this dirty stuff!’” -Stand-up comedienne Whitney Cummings, quoted by New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd in “Dirty Words From Pretty Mouths,” February 28, 2015
* Mackinnon might say porn oppresses most when it inspires rape. Yet online porn appears to reduce rape. By extension, we could argue that all the while MacKinnon was preaching that porn spawns rape, it instead was apparently helping to keep it in check.
**Because of her sexism, Mackinnon would never acknowledge that countless poor men, whose nude bodies would never draw attention the way the female body does, cannot resort to porn but can resort to crime, which has the tendency to land them in jail and ruin them for life.
See how generally far off the mark MacKinnon is regarding another of her obsessions. “The Sexual Harassment Quagmire” is a comprehensive look at the sexes’ most alienating and destructive behavioral difference.
Quotes attributed to MacKinnon are at BrainyQuote.com. Mind you, this is the feminist who as a woman and a member of the “communicative” sex twice refused to debate Warren Farrell, gender expert extraordinaire.
Read about feminist Gloria Steimen.
Read this debate between MacKinnon and Ronald Dworkin.
Update for MacKinnon: “Porn featuring violence against women is also extremely popular among women. It is far more popular among women than men.” –Men’s Health, June 29, 2017 (MacKinnon might say, “That’s because men’s oppression of women forces females into self-hatred.”)
No one does anything without a pay-off, real or perceived, immediate or delayed.