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06 November 2005 @ 02:47 pm
the term "girlporn"  
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?
alafairnadiaalafairnadia on November 6th, 2005 09:55 pm (UTC)
well. I'm not one to 'take back' or 'liberate' as much as 'appropriate' words. :) so I like your use of the word porn in this context and agree with it.
erin blakemoreonlyemarie on November 6th, 2005 09:58 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that's kind of the word I was digging around for. I think that "take back" sounds very forced but it seems like a term that gets a lot of mileage in these types of discussions!
FIERCENESSpolymexina on November 6th, 2005 10:06 pm (UTC)
i think it's a great phrase... though it does kinda make me think of barbia labia...
elkay on November 6th, 2005 10:17 pm (UTC)
it's ok with me, although i wouldn't have assumed it was meant the way you did!


i actually think that women consume at least as many images of women in the media as men. okay maybe not the same sheer amount, but the scope and sheer volume of women's mags etc is pretty astounding. i am almost completely cleansed of magazines, i went to get my hair cut the other day and had my typical shock of just how many fat, heavy, glossy mags there were completely full of page after full page spread there were of pictures. consumption of the media, and consumption in general, is part of why i think we haven't been able to turn around the debate on feminism.

um. i could probably be coherent later. i'll make a proper post.
The Osbick Birdosbick_bird on November 6th, 2005 10:49 pm (UTC)
Just for fun, checking the etymological dictionary revealed that the Greek porne, later associated with female prostitution, originally meant trafficking or trade. The combination of female sexuality and commerce seems very old and, um, potent.

Stormy Brow: basketcasestormy_brow on November 7th, 2005 01:58 pm (UTC)
I love it! Thanks for creating this space.

When one thinks about the constant bombardment of images that women are dealt, about how they are supposed to look, think, and act, it's kind of like girlporn spam. We're constantly being spammed with unwanted messages.

Uh, okay, maybe I'm not as awake as I thought I was. I had some good things to say, but the words aren't coming.
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erin blakemoreonlyemarie on November 7th, 2005 07:11 pm (UTC)
I added you to the community; you should be able to post now. Thanks for joining! :)
poliananananananapolianarchy on November 8th, 2005 01:16 am (UTC)
when you go to the "update journal" page, you can choose which journal you are posting in using the drop-down menu at the bottom of the screen.