the term "girlporn"
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?