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Can a Porn Star be a Feminist?

June 24th 2016 by

I’ve recently read a very interesting article on Jessie Andrews on her thoughts about porn, nudism and feminism. I have never heard about her prior to this, she is a famous american porn star, actress, model and a 2.0 feminist. She became renowned after her campaign for American Apparel in 2012, and now DJs around the world and runs her own jewellery label ‘Bagatiba’, whilst always being a porn star on the side.

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Jessie Andrews is now considered a social media ‘influencer’ with more than 250,000 Instagram followers, helping women to feel confident and happy about their bodies. She is not afraid of posing completely naked in front of a camera and through her work she hopes to change people’s sentiment towards feeling shy over our figure.

I believe that nowadays people have a very weird preconception of what being a feminist means. I believe, that if you feel in control of your life and you are a women, then this is enough to make you feminist. But once you have been labelled as such, you have to live up to the expectations that people have of feminist. This is a label that gets pushed onto women a lot and Jessie Andrews explained that she gets this same stigma with porn– people have misconceptions and stereotypes like being obsessed with sex and wanting to do it the whole time.

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Many feminists in the past have debated that “there is no feminist issue that isn’t rooted in the porn problem”. They view women in porn as being oppressed and pornography as an inherent act of violence. But why should porn be seen as such if the women taking part in the act is happy and consent in participating in it? If the body is yours, shouldn’t you be free to do whatever you want to with it. How can pornography be considered to be degrading women, when we have commercials with women who become orgasmic over a perfume?

Porn is said to ‘objectify’ women, hence that it converts women into sexual objects. But what does this mean? If taken literally, it doesn’t make sense, because objects don’t have sexuality; only human beings do. Usually, the term ‘sex objects’ means that women portray themselves as ‘body parts’, reducing themselves to be seen as physical objects. But still, what is wrong with this? Women are as much their bodies as they are their minds or souls. No one gets upset if you present women as ‘brains’ or as ‘spiritual beings’. If I concentrated on a woman’s sense of humour to the exclusion of her other characteristics, is this degrading? Why is it degrading to focus on her sexuality?

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Being a feminist for me means being a women with big dreams and willing to work hard for them, but I believe that this term nowadays is too strong to bring along the real message that feminism stands for today’s day. As a women I want to be in charge of my life, learning how to keep personal responsibility for my future, whilst being comfortable in taking risks and understanding failure and learning from it. This does not mean that you will see me shouting in the streets whilst setting my bra on fire, but who knows…you never know 😉 !

Source and photos from Dazed.com

 


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