dagNotes: On common sense claims about hook-up culture
Really disgusting how the critique of hook-up culture always places the onus of responsibility with women insisting women participating in hook-up culture, say, leaving a bar with a new friend, create an opportunity for assault to occur. This lazy common-sense claim certainly objectifies women while liberating men. That young women have adopted this rhetoric within slut-shaming discourse as a kind of feminist practice—we see it on tumblr, facebook, and twitter—is purely reactionary, I suppose, but should be called out for the anti-feminist action it resists an examination of misogynist ideological work accomplished in traditional rape culture. It provides cover for those who assault and that which permits or cultivates assaults. I think it’s the result of boiling feminism down to equality discourse, which has led to other horribly oppressive social movements, like the men’s rights movement.