The Language of Dude Feminism


The sort of language used to assert men’s dominance over women has a pretty recognizable pattern across the cultural landscape. Men, we are told, are in charge of things because they have something women (supposedly) lack: physical strength, honor, higher cognitive facilities, or the mystique of the male organ itself. Women, sadly “lacking” these qualities, need to be “protected” from the all-consuming lusts of strange men.

This can be spun as noble chivalry, brutal domination, or a playful battle of the sexes, but at the root it’s the same: women are denied the freedoms that men take as a God-given right, assigned subordinate status, and coerced into performative gender roles.

In this dialectic, men’s protective abilities and ravaging urges come from the same place and are both aimed squarely at women. Language, of course, did not create the patriarchy, but language is a powerful method of inscribing the possible, shaping…

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Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

The Victoria’s secret fashion show is often criticized for idolizing perfect women sources say that these fashion shows cause other women to have lower self esteem. They argue that idolizing these perfect women cause health problems in women as early as the age of fourteen but who is to say what the perfection of women is? the idea of perfection is quite different for different individuals in which comes to question if the fashion show is at fault for the lowering of self esteem in women. The fashion show simply shows you who to idolize but the consumer decides their own idea of perfection. I do not see the Victoria’s Secret models as perfection because to me perfection is not based on vanity. I question the articles bashing the fashion show and ask that consumers reevaluate the idea of beauty instead of blaming  their self esteem issues on the fashion show. When i look at the fashion show i do not see perfect women i see normal women with well maintained figures. I see intelligent women who maintain their body in order to make a huge profit. These women make a huge profit In a society were women earn lower wages and are often ridiculed for having an opinion. i do not see these women as perfect i see them as intelligent women who use their body in a society were sex sells. these women know the difficulties other women must face and instead of fighting in a world were the value of intelligence and opinion is based on gender they decided to conform to society because they know they will succeed.