A catcall is entirely about reminding you that you are not yours. The purity myth is entirely about reminding you that you are not yours. The fetishization of female purity in a world where catcalls are an acceptable form of communication telegraphs one thing very clearly:
“Women, stop sexualizing yourselves—that’s our job, and you’re taking all the fun out of it.”
The sexualization of women is only appealing if it’s nonconsensual. Otherwise it’s “sluttiness,” and sluttiness is agency and agency is threatening.” —“Female ‘Purity’ is Bullshit”, by Lindy West (at jezebel.com)
You are not alone.
There are hundreds, thousands, if not millions of people like me who understand and sympathize with you and your struggle.
Let us unite and conquer it together.
That is all,
Fascism is a term from the political domain, so it doesn’t apply strictly to corporations, but if you look at them, power goes strictly top-down, from the board of directors to managers to lower managers and ultimately to the people on the shop floor, typists, etc. There’s no flow of power or planning from the bottom up. Ultimate power resides in the hands of investors, owners, banks, etc.
People can disrupt, make suggestions, but the same is true of a slave society. People who arn’t owners and investors have nothing much to say about it. They can choose to rent their labor to the corporation, or to purchase the commodities or services that it provides, or to find a place in the chain of command, but that’s it. That’s the totality of their control over the corporation.
”” —Noam Chomsky, How The World Works; Defective Democracy
These people with bumber stickers that say: “We are the proud parents of an honor student at the Midvale academy”, or whatever other innocent sounding name has been given to the indoctrination center where their child has been sent to be stripped of his individuality and turned into an obedient, sold, dead, conformist member of the US consumer culture. Proud parents? What kind of empty people need to validate themselves through the achievements of their child? Heres a sticker I’d like to see: “We are the proud parents of a child who has resisted his teachers attempts to break his spirit and bend him to the will of his corporate masters”.” —George Carlin (via dialectic)
The doctrinal system, which produces what we call “propaganda” when discussing enemies, has two distinct targets. One target is what’s sometimes excelled the “political class,” the roughly 20% of the population that’s relatively educated, more or less articulate, playing some role in decision-making. Their acceptance of doctrine is crucial, because they’re in a position to design and implement policy.
Then there’s the other 80% or so of the population. These are Lippmann’s “spectators of action,” whom he referred to as the “bewildered herd.” They are supposed to follow orders and keep out of the way of the important people. They’re the target of the real mass media: the tabloids, the sitcoms, he Super Bowl and so on.
These sectors of the doctrinal system serve to divert the unwashed masses and reinforce the basic social values: passivity, submissiveness to authority, the overriding virtue of greed and personal gain, lack of concern for others, fear of real or imagined enemies, etc. The goal is to keep the bewildered herd bewildered. It’s unnecessary for them to trouble themselves with what’s happening in the world. In fact, it’s undesirable—if they see too much of reality they may set themselves to change it.” —Noam Chomsky, How the World Works: The Media.
The terms of political discourse typically have two meanings. One is the dictionary meaning, and the other is a meaning that is useful for serving power—the doctrinal meaning.
Take democracy. According to the common-sense meaning, a society is democratic to the extent that people can participate in a meaningful way in managing their affairs. But the doctrinal meaning of democracy is different—it refers to a system in which decisions are made by sectors of the business community and related elites. The public are to be only “spectators of action,” not “participants,” as leading democratic theorists, (in this case, Walter Lippmann) have explained. They are permitted to ratifying the decisions of their betters and to lend their support to one or another of them, but not to interfere with matters—like public policy—that are none of their business.” —Noam Chomsky, How The World Works: War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength.
…when some clients state complains that the US government isn’t sending it enough money, they no longer say, “we need it to stop the Russians”-rather, “we need it to stop the drug trafficking.” Like the Soviet threat, this enemy provides a good excuses for a US military presence where there’s rebel activity or other unrest.
So internationally, “the war on drugs” provides a cover for intervention. Domestically, it has little to do with drugs but a lot to do with distracting the population, increasing repression in the inner cities, and building support for the attack on civil liberties.” —Noam Chomsky, How The World Works: The War on (certain) drugs, 1992