Not all of today’s young feminists accept the message that porn, prostitution and stripping are “liberating” for women. In this article from the Bucknell University student magazine The Counterweight, first-year student Lee Markison shares her disappointment that a university women’s group invited local “sex workers” to put on a sexually explicit show on campus:
Nipple tassels, “smut” stories, and strippers. One would expect the mere mention of these things to cause hordes of feminists to storm the nearest fraternity house complete with burning brassieres and demands that the oppressive men inside respect women. But we are living in strange times, and at Bucknell nipple tassels, “smut”, and strippers are apparently synonymous with feminism.Markison goes on to describe the performances, which included several strip shows punctuated by comic songs satirizing “those who think sex work is dangerous, unhealthy, and a poor choice for women.” Other musical offerings included a man lubing himself with baby oil while singing “Requiem for a ‘ho’ ass nigger,” an epithet he applied to antislavery heroine Harriet Tubman, among others.
In mid-February the Bucknell University Conservatives Club was asked by the Bucknell Feminist Majority to help fund a show to bring sex workers (strippers, prostitutes, phone sex operators, etc.) to campus to celebrate their professions. “Of course we’ll fund it, we like free speech,” was the expected response. We respectfully declined, because while we hate the idea of censoring speech, we do not feel a need to support all speech…
If this leaves you scratching your head saying, “But, how does this promote a positive view of women?” fear not, you are not alone. I asked Annie Oakley, the leader of the troupe, that same question after the show. She replied by saying, “It promotes good body image, owning your sexuality…” I interrupted her answer by asking, “Is it good to promote owning your sexuality if a man is paying you to provide him with friction?” With a smile she replied, “Sure, yes it is” and marched on.Read the full article.
For two months now, we’ve seen all that the “Feminist Majority” at Bucknell has to offer women. We’ve seen V-Day Bucknell proudly declare that they are “Bucknell Vaginas”, and ask women, “What does your vagina smell like?” We saw them treat women as little more than a vagina, and all that implied.
Now a month after V-Day’s antics ended Bucknell was presented with an even more overt display from the Feminist Majority. Rather than promoting causes like ending the international sex trade, where countless women’s lives are ruined as they are sold into sexual slavery, Bucknell’s “feminists” made a joke of prostitution. Actually, what they did was worse; they celebrated it.
The supposed message of this show was that sex workers are people, they could be your neighbor, your sister, your mother (read your, not my) and you should not look down on them. Unfortunately, this message was lost by a stunning display of nipple tassels, political jabs, stripping, lubing, and overall degradation. It was in fact nothing short of a carnival promoting sex work and the supposed empowerment that it offers.