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10 November 2005 @ 12:04 pm
I found this quote in one of the million articles in reaction to Maureen Dowd's recent article:

Dowd notices that "pre-feminist" former Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown and "post-feminist" Bust editor Debbie Stoller both refer to women as "girls," though in the L.A. Times interview that Dowd quotes, Stoller calls Cosmo "stuck in the Valley of the Dolls," and Brown tells Dowd that "to be a sex object is a wonderful thing, and you're to be pitied if you aren't one." Is the language of "girliness" liberating or regressive? Is it a matter of reclamation or subjugation? I don't know. Let's talk about it.

Yes, let's. My take on the term:Collapse )
06 November 2005 @ 02:47 pm
Hello everyone.

Someone on a community on which I advertised this nascent little forum asked me why I chose the term "girlporn," which is not only less than worksafe but combines the words girl and porn.

I answered the following: Good question. "Girlporn" is a term regularly used by me and my friends to describe "girly" literature and TV such as Sweet Valley High and Little House on the Prairie. I hate feeling like these books and shows are disregarded because even though they are questionable in quality and often egregious in their imposition/celebration of horrible roles for girls, a lot of girls experience them as both empowering and as a primer for their first forays into the ambiguous and not always inclusive world.

I was going to use "the f word" or something like it but all such names were taken and I didn't feel like having a trillion periods and space marks. So girlporn it was.

I'm really interested in ways in which terminology can be used to mean other things - i.e. "taking back" the word queer, etc. I wouldn't go so far as to say that using the words "girl" and "porn" in the same sentence is necessarily that liberating, but I think that we get so used to the idea of only men being rabid consumers of images of women in media. What do you think?
05 November 2010 @ 08:14 pm
Welcome to Girlporn!

This community was established by onlyemarie to provide a place for nerds of all ilks to discuss issues of feminism, media and female representation. Posting is limited to members only, but everyone is encouraged to join and comment. Please keep your discourse respectful and tolerant.