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why vanilla isnt a “privilege” for women (and why recycling is good for the rad-o-sphere)

April 14, 2011

in support of miskas “tasty privilege,” i present a recycled graphic from my place.

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8 Comments
  1. April 14, 2011 1:10 pm

    the word count on this post is 14. 😛 LOVE this stand-alone graphic stuff miska!

  2. April 14, 2011 2:06 pm

    Good call with recycling that graphic FCM.

    It’s true that “vanilla” piv is on the same woman-hating continuum as bdsm, which actually means that the BDSMers are being dishonest when they set up this false binary of Vanilla/BDSM. It reminds me of the Cis/trans binary in fact. Seriously, it’s exactly the same. Both serve to erase the ways men routinely harm women.

  3. April 14, 2011 4:29 pm

    Well, the thing with the strawberry/chocolate/with sprinkles crowd is that they have piv too. It’s so banal and mainstream its ASSUMED, like duh everyone does THAT but we do so much MOAR!!!11!!1 BDSMers START with female-specific harm, then go from there. They are clearly on this continuum, because EVERYONE who has piv is on the continuum. And we can see very clearly where this road leads.

    Gosh, they really aren’t that speshul, at all!

  4. yttik permalink
    April 14, 2011 7:21 pm

    Good graphic. That’s certainly to the point.

    Privilege talk really makes me crazy because it just gets so silly. I can never figure out the point of it either, except to shame and oppress women, to put them back in their place. It also serves to separate, divide, and control because everybody is focusing on differences and a power hierarchy. A more feminist approach would be to empathize with each other, to create some common ground, not play oppression Olympics.

  5. April 14, 2011 7:29 pm

    That is such a good point yttik.
    Love the graphic and lovin’ this blog.

  6. April 14, 2011 8:56 pm

    How about a graphic with a scale that has a vast expanse of things that cause little or no harm (bunnies, hair ties, crocheted fantasy creatures, etc.) and at the end of the scale (where the things that cause harm are) “vanilla” PIV, rape, and death are all crammed in together. The relative difference between those things is pretty small, no?

  7. April 15, 2011 4:55 am

    yttik Privilege talk really makes me crazy because it just gets so silly. I can never figure out the point of it either, except to shame and oppress women, to put them back in their place.

    Yes, that’s the thing: it’s always, and I mean ALWAYS women who are expected to take on and own up to these wacky privileges. Is anyone, anywhere trying to get men to recognize their “vanilla privilege”? What about “cis privilege”? The only men who are asked to acknowledge their “cis privilege” are those who hang around funfems. It’s always feminism (ie women) who are subject to this ridiculous privilege du jour nonsense.

    And it really has put us in a position where it makes talking about male privilege, or white privilege much more difficult. It has cheapened the word “privilege” to the point where it’s not actually a useful word anymore.

  8. Feuerwerferin permalink
    April 17, 2011 3:29 pm

    In “Intercourse” Dworkin wrote that objectification is the requirement for PIV, even the regular PIV. So shouldn’t the graphic start with this? The things Noanodyne has listed are just means of objectification.

    I’m at university now and used the wrong e-mail adress. I didn’t mean to deceive you.

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