In shades of the Emma Watson controversy from a few months ago, it’s no surprise to hear Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke talk about the abuse she’s recieved from radical feminists because she happens to do nude scenes. After all, the Dworkinistas argue that women are forced into such, that porn in particular is misogynistic violence.
It’s an attitude I find hypocritical. Feminism used to be synonymous with “women’s liberation”, ie. giving women the same rights and freedoms as men. If a man can choose to go into porn or do a nude scene on a TV show, surely a woman can. Her body, her choice. The fact that proponents of this have to call themselves “sex-positive feminists” is a reflection of the splintering of the feminist movement. Merely calling yourself a “feminist” is no longer good enough. You have to qualify it with whatever special interests you have within the sphere.
So why be against a genre which allows women so much freedom? It’s not like incidences of sexual assault in clothing-optional industries go unpunished, nor are they as frequent as the opponents claim.
And if you don’t like it, why not just live and let live? There are a lot of things I don’t like but I’m not calling for them to stop.
Tonight, Jews around the world are honouring the first night of Passover, a festival celebrating Moses freeing the Israelites from Egypt.
Judaism is the oldest Abrahamic faith, and a theme common to most sects of Abrahamism is that free will can have consequences. This is illustrated best with Genesis and the forbidden fruit of Eden. For acting on their inclination and eating the fruit, Adam and Eve were kicked out of the Garden. The opinions on freedom amongst followers of these sects therefore range from a “negative freedom” to a belief in total and utter submission to God. Negative freedom appears to be the most common view, a free will existing in obedience of holy laws.
The west today is largely secular, and negative freedom has been replaced with total freedom. The rules of religion have been cast off even amongst many laity of the Abrahamic faiths. It is common to see a Jew eating leaven during Passover as well as pole dancers for Jesus. Are these people sinners? Yes, according to many religious opinions. However, to both this laity and those totally secular there is little satisfaction in the laws of the Bible and satisfaction in modern issues including social justice and ensuring equality for all.
So what is freedom? Your personal conclusion will differ depending on many factors, including your position on the spectrum of extreme piety to total atheism. You have the freedom to formulate your own opinion and the freedom to criticise other views.
And that’s what freedom is.
PS, I will be at Whitby Goth tomorrow so apologies if there’s no entry for the 23rd. It’s a long way there and back.