When Sex = Disempowerment
Guys post stolen nude photos of famous celebs online, and it’s all about sex, right?
Men stare at women walking down the street. That’s all about sex, too.
Or, a woman is blamed for an attack because a guy can’t resist exposed cleavage — or a bit of hair that has fallen loose from a Saudi veil.
Actually, a lot of things that look like sex are really about power.
Sharing nude photos: It’s about having power
Sure, the nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and others are sexy — and that may be the whole reason some guys join the invasion of privacy.
But at least one guy claimed that since those lovely ladies would never let him have them, they deserved it!
A bit like guys who post nude photos of their exes in revenge. “I can’t have her anymore, so she deserves this.”
These men can’t control women the way they want, so they invade their privacy and take power over their images.
Even Emma Watson’s powerful United Nations speech supporting women’s equality was met with a warning that nude photos would be leaked. It turned out to be a hoax, but the threat reflected a pattern of using sex to disempower women.
Catcalls: It’s about having power
What about guys gazing at sexy ladies? Some may be full of awe and appreciation — which can be appreciated or uncomfortable. But ogling can also be an expression of male power and control as men become judges while women — maybe even coworkers or bosses — are morphed into objects (sex objects).
Meanwhile, catcalling leaves women feeling unsafe walking city streets. Or their freedom constricts as they change their routes.
A couple Egyptians filmed what it’s like for women walking alone in Cairo. It’s uncomfortable. Some might avoid going out in public to avoid the stare-down.
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In this place where women routinely cover themselves, sexual harassment and violence are rampant. And when women fight for their rights, it gets much worse.
Sexual attacks: It’s about having power
In one series of sexual attacks mobs circled Egyptian women who were demonstrating for their rights. They tore off their clothing with sharp tools that also cut their breasts and genitals. The women were beaten with belts, and some were pushed into vats of boiling water.
It’s not about the dress, or being sexy. It’s about disempowerment: Fight for your rights, and see what happens!
These men must feel incredibly disempowered — and really, really bad about themselves — to behave so horrendously.
Really, there are better ways to empower yourself!
Luckily, the good guys know this.
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Posted on October 10, 2014, in feminism, objectification, psychology, sex and sexuality, sexism, violence against women, women and tagged catcalling, feminism, Jennifer Lawrence, leaked nude photos, psychology, sex and sexuality, sexism, sexual harassment, women. Bookmark the permalink. 48 Comments.