Jenna Jameson Does Not Think You Should Be a Porn Star

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Pornography is usually a touchy subject that comes with a lot of questions, especially when looking at it through a feminist perspective. You can’t talk about pornography without asking, is it demeaning to women? Or is it empowering to women?

I am still not sure where I stand in this debate. I think that one must look at the intentions an individual has, as with all professions, when they make the decision to enter the porn industry. However I am also of the belief that everyone, regardless of gender, should be able to choose their own path. If that path is porn, then so be it … as long as it’s something you genuinely want to do, and not something someone is forcing you to do or something that feels compromising but will pay well.

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Sarah Palin: The Accidental Feminist?

As I’m completely overwhelmed with a week’s worth of teacher workshops, new student orientation, and a classroom full of bright shining faces waiting for me to teach them on Monday, I received the ultimate gift.

Newsweek has presented a list focused on Sarah Palin. What are two things I love to hate on, two things I have a veritable ball writing about? Lists. Sarah Palin. Bliss!

But seriously … there has been much conversation about Palin and the feminist mantle. I mean, if you listen to her speak, she’s clearly lacking in the brain department and has achieved success on being the fairly attractive “Sarah Barracuda.” At the same time, though, you have to give Sarah Palin some sort of credit for reaching a political pinnacle most women could only dream of … and is that not a feminist action?

Oh, and my favorite part of this list involves Palin’s misconceptions on mother grizzly bears. Ah, Sarah Palin … trumped by Mother Nature. In a list form.

So here it is, a list of why Sarah Palin can legit refer to herself as a feminist.

From Newsweek:

1. Because, let’s be honest, feminism is a broad church. The history of feminism is a history of conflict, often vitriolic debate, and decades-long feuds over who can wear the mantle of true believer. A brief glance at history shows us that there are many different kinds of feminism—from traditionalists to radical extremists—even though American feminism has been dominated for three decades by the divisive, bitter question of reproductive rights. Yes, the right to control your own body is a key, crucial plank of feminist thought today, underpinned by the independence, autonomy, and rights of women. But it is not the only plank.

Yup, I’ll go with this one. My interpretation of modern feminism is that women should have the right to do what they want to do without limitations brought on by gender. Sarah Palin embodies this.

2. Because it will force us to properly scrutinize the Mama Grizzlies, the term Palin uses for politically active Republican women, which connotes fierceness, strength, danger—and size. It’s another of her very clever taglines, like pitbulls or hockey moms. As Palin and her supporters continually remind us, these women—and bears—are proudly pro-life. Big, brown female bears, rearing on their hind legs to protect their young, have become symbols for the anger and might of Republican women, ready to crush lily-livered …

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Stephen King Addressing the Intricacies of Marriage Head On in New Novella

Stephen King, who I firmly believe will go down in history as one of America’s greatest writers [Ed. Note: AGREED AGREED AGREED] despite being frequently dismissed as a dime-a-dozen horror book author, has tackled the area of marriage—and the complexities found within—in many of his writings.

His new collection, Full Dark, No Stars (due to be released in November) features a novella entitled “A Good Marriage” which, based on the excerpt available online, takes a long, hard look at the intricacies of matrimony.

From Suite 101:

Since the story is by Stephen King, the question repeatedly asked in the story becomes increasingly creepier.

“How’s your marriage?” The question is asked Stephen King style; a voice that is neither the narrator or the author as much as the horrified conscience of the story. King frequently employs the omniscient voice to inject terror in his works; A distant hint comes to the character, almost through the character.

The answer to this quintessential question is no doubt horrifying when explored by the fictitious Darcy Anderson in the tantalizing excerpt released by Simon & Schuster. King sets this up as he always does, though, in the little details that we can all relate to.

There is also a sense of doomed normalcy in Stephen King’s newest short story. In “Lisey’s Story,” King writes what could be a summary of his work, “No one loves a clown at midnight.” “A Good Marriage” has a lot of hints of ill-timed normalcy; Darcy’s secret from her husband is that “she sometimes (mostly on rainy days or on those nights when the insomnia was on her) gobbled Butterfingers or Baby Ruths, for instance, eating the candybars even after she no longer wanted them, even after she felt sick to her stomach.” Even a simple indulgence carries weight for Darcy, both literally and figuratively.

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Revisiting the Fat vs. Thin Debate

Weight and clothing size seem to be issues that we cannot get away from, both here on Zelda Lily and in reality. Looking back through recent posts — and reading the intelligent and well thought-out comments provided by you — gives a lot of food for thought, but very few hard and fast conclusions.

The sad truth is that, wherever on the spectrum she falls, almost every woman struggles with her weight. The spectrum extremes are morbidly obese through anorexic; both are medical terms since these two deadly conditions have detrimental effects that should be avoided at all costs.

Thankfully, most women fall elsewhere on the spectrum. It’s a good thing, too, since being too far over on either end of the weight loss spectrum puts you at serious risk for a variety of dangerous medical conditions, and judgement from peers, both of which can result in ill effects for the person in question, like it or not.

Looking at this longtime debate from a feminist standpoint isn’t always easy. You don’t want to say, “Go sit on the couch watching TV and eating bonbons all day if that’s your prerogative,” and yet it is impossible to condone the fat-shaming that goes on in virtually all aspects of the media.

Last spring, for example, there was something of a blow-up between Lane Bryant and Victoria’s Secret. Lane Bryant, a plus-size clothing store (although they regularly use models that barely meet the “plus-size” threshold, perpetuating the idealism of the women selling their clothes, albeit on a larger scale), released an ad for a new bra that was refused by several news networks … news networks that were all too happy to air ads from Victoria’s Secret.

From Lane Bryant vs. Victoria’s Secret: No Winner:

Victoria’s Secret models are ridiculously skinny, and the message sent out by the company’s ads, shows, and catalogues is that this is how normal women should strive to look. It’s sickening! And the fact that networks are willing to allow Victoria’s Secret ads on the air but not Lane Bryant’s lingerie offerings is a completely unacceptable double standard.

The reason that this lingerie feud was declared a draw is because normal-sized, healthy women are by and large (haha) ignored. As numerous wise commenters pointed out, you can be a small clothing size but need a bigger bra size that isn’t targeted by Victoria’s Secret. You can be technically plus-sized but don’t look it, so you’re treated rudely by salespeople at both Lane Bryant and Abercrombie and Fitch.

Family-friendly retailer (and creator of a large portion of my wardrobe when I was in high school) The Gap is also playing a dangerous game with the recent ad tagline “Put some pants on, because we can’t all look good in shorts.”

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