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shcrane71 Donating Member (84 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-14-11 03:35 PM
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Degrading images of women
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The documentary Miss Representations trailer has been going around on social media sites. A main premise in this documentary is that degrading/gender specific images of women limits womens participation in the work place, at home, in school, and in politics. Its implied that having such limiting media messages curtails the imagination and ambition of girls, and reinforces stereotypes of what a woman is capable of doing in her life.

I have had the numerous discussions with self-identified progressives and liberals where Ive been told to literally shut up when stating that pornographic images of hog-tied women is harmful for the advancement of women. What *is* the difference between Miss Representations critique of harmful media images of women, and the above critique?

Should other progressive people simply ignore this topic amongst polite progressive company? Are conservatives the only ones who can be visibly upset by images of bound women being used for whatever sexual purposes? Is there room for pro-choice, un-prudish women who are also upset by images of degrading images of women in progressive / liberal circles?
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