I have previously written an entry about Wendy McElroy, a so-called “individualist feminist,” and her defense of pornography against radical feminism. Her basic argument was that radfems think women are “damaged” and therefore cannot consent to pornography. This “argument” has been uttered by no radfem ever, and McElroy cannot provide any references because none exist. It is a ridiculous strawwomyn.
For those who won’t read my original entry, I will give a brief rehashing of my rebuttal. Radical feminism is about making a systemic analysis of our patriarchal institutions, not criticizing individuals. Women sometimes can and do consent to pornography, but that has no relevance to the evils of pornography as an institution (or any other patriarchal institution, for that matter). Radfems also do criticize our concept of consent and how we apply it to sexuality, but I know of no radfem who believes that women…
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