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Sexual politics | Dworkin

Happy Women’s History Month! What better way to celebrate than with some uncomfortable conversation and a self-perpetuated guilt trip? To kick things off, here’s a mini-introduction to some angry 70’s fem discourse. Andrea Dworkin was a second-wave radical feminist who poured the majority of her activism into exploring the politics of sex, particularly vocal within the anti-pornography movement. Although controversial and institutionally unsuccessful, her passion and its subsequent texts served a crucial role in shaping the rhetoric of today’s feminism. Many of…

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Bad sex

*A sort of disclaimer: my first time/s having sex was far from regrettable, but for the sake of this piece I will be (solely) addressing the “bad” parts of it. There is a colorful complexity of emotions I felt leaving sex, safe intercourse I initiated with a trusted partner who received my ongoing consent. But! Part of this content image is skewed by a lack of communication resulting from insecurities no doubt products of patriarchal conditioning, of which I feel are universal enough to write…

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How does my vanity hurt you?

If there’s one insult I haven’t gotten yet, it’s whenever someone makes fun for me taking selfies. I really don’t get it. Like, yes…I take photos of myself…and post them online…onto my social media accounts…of which you choose to follow/creep. That’s kind of the whole point of online networking; showing yourself off in some form or another, from your political affiliations to killer bone structure. How is that condemnable? By any means? It’s also typically– near exclusively– applied to women. It’s always…

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The armpit thing

Photo by Ruth Fremson/The New York Times Over a year ago I decided to grow out and dye my pit hair. Inspired by a picture of a girl with bright pink pubes; I ran to my local Sally’s, shocked the hell out of the cashier, and made my mother angry with my freshly bleached and colored armpits. I eventually recorded a video and published it to YouTube, explaining what I did, how I did it, and why I did it.…

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