15 December 2011

Freedom to bare it all

When does "empowerment" to display yourself morph into just another type of exploitation?

Some of the first wave of women who broke social taboos paved the way for a newer generation of women who sell an exploitation of their sexuality as empowerment, and children whose main sense of values are transmitted through the mass media are left with that view of what it means to be a woman, whether they like it or not.  I don't think that Susan B. Anthony or Betty Friedan would look too kindly upon push-up bras for teens, but it's really an age old problem, and Epictetus had a decidedly modern take on this two thousand years ago:

"Women from fourteen years old are flattered with the title of "mistresses" by the men, and, therefore, perceiving that their only qualification is to give men pleasure, they focus on adorning themselves, and place all their hopes in that."

What to do, what to do?

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