Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Dustin Williamson and Other Stuff
Lamehouse press says they've sold out of Dustin Williamson's Cab Ass'n, but I think you might get lucky if you stumbled into your local, poetry-friendly bookstore or go to AWP. It is a very good chapbook.
Tonight is Mappy Hour, which is a super cool party for all the people involved in MAPP. I love MAPP.
MAPP is this Saturday, and Mumolo and Morgan's event is at L's Caffe on 24th St. between Bryant and Florida in San Francisco. You should come.
I think people throw around labels a lot. Labels are almost always inaccurate, often quite dangerous, and usually offensive.
For example, I don't think that magazines like Playboy, which unfortunately perpetuate a body image that is unrealistic and perhaps detrimental to young women's psyches, are misogynist. I don't sense any antipathy from these magazines toward women, which is what misogyny means, a hatred of women. I also don't think that such magazines are sexist because they never profess or even suggest an inequality between the sexes. Objectification is something that happens all the time, and we can say that it is harmful, and we can avoid certain magazines or television shows for doing it, but calling them misogynist does little more than provoke eye-rolling, and that just isn't productive.
I think that calling a man who is comfortable with the way things are, with being attracted and/or preferring the stereotypical ideal of beauty, misogynist is akin to right-winger's calling powerful women feminazi man-haters. Just because you're comfortable with the way things are for you does not mean that you have to hate everyone else. There's no reason to
Is it possible to think that women and men are equal when you are comfortable with objectification?