The radical feminist is aware of the viewpoint of the post-modern feminist, she just disagrees.The freedom of speech/freedom to create ‘art’ is just one freedom to be balanced against competing interests. The freedom of speech doesn’t trump the right to be free from intolerance, whether it’s racial or sexual. Here, those who petition seek the freedom from blatant misogyny.No, the censorship of one video will not make women safe on the street. But on the same account, censorship of one video isn’t going to threaten all art or every expression of the freedom of speech. This is just opposition to intolerant speech.
The irony and intellectualism of the post-modernist has its limitations. Some times what you need is a good old fashioned, brave, gesture. A gesture which encourages solidarity. A gesture which is clear and unambiguous. A gesture which is accessible, and understood by all, not only those who have had the privilege of academic training (post-modernism can be pretty elitist).
Censorship does not guarantee historical remembrance. Censorship does create an initial buzz, but that gradually dies down. I only recognize two of the titles in the list of censored songs listed, and I was not aware they were censored. Censorship does guarantee that destructive material stays off prime-time TV and away from the eyes of young children. Not everyone has unsupervised access to the internet.
Some say radical feminism is too loud and confronting; others say that feminism since has been too diluted and apologetic. Some say that a further understanding of the enemy and a search for common ground can only take you so far. (Come now, misogynists, let’s discuss this over a cup of tea). I say you cannot achieve progress through mockery or through discussion alone. You need solid action.
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