Saturday, September 08, 2007

Will The Real Skanks Please Stand Up?

In this article about fraternities putting in stripper poles, Alfred Lubrano writes:

Somewhere along the line, though, it morphed into slut culture. Girls tell themselves they're in charge. But they're still just strutting it for the boys.

Welcome to Skank 101, freshmen. Open your books to Chapter One, "Pole Vixen." Note how the women in the diagram are dangling, half-dressed and off-balance.

That's how we like them in America.

This isn't post-feminism or anything related to feminism. If college men are buying and installing stripper poles, this is about them. But the men are presented as passive entities even when the sole purpose of these poles is stated as "To get drunken chicks to do slutty stuff."

Not a word is mentioned about men's ethics or morals. No mention of coercion, intimidation or even force to get women to become drunken or to do slutty stuff. Nope, only skanks who BYOB touch the pole. And all the men are just hapless witnesses to random acts of sluttiness.

This is socially-stunted men thinking that the ideal interaction with women at their residence is one where the women are pressured to perform sexually with alcohol as a key lever. This is men who desperately want to fit in with the men around them so that they join in on activities that make them uncomfortable.

Boys and men spending hundreds of dollars so they can install stripper poles in their dorms or their frat houses says that those boys and men are the real skanks and proud of it.

Welcome to Skank 101, freshmen.

Open your books to Chapter one, "Pole Pusher." Note how the men in the diagram are crowding around the pole unable to deal with the women they go to school with unless those women are dangling, half-dressed and off-balance.

That's how we raise them in America.

Hat tip: Feministing

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At September 18, 2007 12:24 PM, Blogger Seeing Eye Chick said...

Wow that's disturbing.

You forgot to add: Marvel at how they humiliate the women after the fact, during class or in every day activities.

No one mentions that if she fullfills their *every sexual fantasy that she must then be punished.

They want the skank, but they hate the skank.
Ergo, their own tug-o-war with their male-skank identities.

The politics of sex and shame, a bottomless cesspool in this culture for sure.


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