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02 September 2007 @ 02:09 am
Don't miss the censored Opus comic strip  
http://www.salon.com/comics/opus/2007/09/02/opus/


The letters in response are buzzing with observations not only about the comic strip but about the dress code for Muslim women and even the ways American women restrict their dress.

I posted a letter in response, of course. Given that I used to dress like that, it brought up a lot of feelings.

Me, at sixteen, in front of the St. Louis Hare Krsna Temple:

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What a contrast to the icon picture in the entry below! Perhaps at least part of the reason I enjoyed nude modeling so much is in reaction to the restrictive dress I wore for years.

ETA: link for the letters in response to the comic strip.
 
 
 
(Anonymous) on September 2nd, 2007 11:00 am (UTC)
Don't mind them...
Tapati,

You wrote an open, honest, well-written, thought provoking letter... Not only that, but better phrased, and spelled better than most of the blathering idiots I had to read through to get to yours. There was one response insulting you by the time I got through, please ignore them and anny others that may crop up.

Yours was very insightful, and I appreciated reading it.

Cheers!

kim
Tapatitapati on September 2nd, 2007 04:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Don't mind them...
Dear Kim,

Merely Mortal Male is one of the usual anti-feminist ranters who you often see responding to Broadsheet. I did choose to respond to him and his general ilk:

To MerelyMortalMale

"Right. Wimmin want to wear what they want, whenever they want, however they want. What they DON’T want is for men to respond the way they want, how they want, whenever they want. That's verboten."

So, are you saying we really should wear clothing that covers us from head to toe, not a bit of leg or hair or midriff in sight, in order not to be raped? On a hot day when you guys can walk around in shorts with no shirt we should wear a long dress, headscarf, and long sleeves lest our body provoke you into barbaric behavior?

I was discussing the clothing demands made by men in restrictive, fanatical religions, not the average American man.

I believe most American men are able to express their enthusiasm for a woman's appearance appropriately, and that heterosexual women appreciate their enthusiasm. I also believe that the majority of American men would never rape a woman just because she is revealing part of her body. While I wouldn't advise a young woman to walk around in skimpy clothing late at night while alone, I would never agree that if she shows such bad judgment she ought to be raped and not complain about it after. The same thing goes for drinking to excess--it's a dangerous thing for a young woman to do--but she shouldn't be raped for it. Would you say that a young man who drinks himself senseless and was raped by another man deserved it? I doubt it.

I do love these letters that demonstrate an assumption that all feminists think alike on various issues. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Beating up the man-hating feminist straw-woman is easy, but that's all she is, straw.
batchfilebatchfile on September 2nd, 2007 12:33 pm (UTC)
it IS all about a woman's freedom to choose for herself. i don't understand why people don't understand that.

i didn't have a chance to comment on the post about your nude modeling! WOW! and that you felt open enough to talk about it with the little boy, WOW x2!

thanks for sharing.
Tapatitapati on September 2nd, 2007 04:48 pm (UTC)
Well, once my grandsons noticed the art work we had to respond to their question in some way, so that part didn't exactly require openness, but I confess I was blushing.

It's like those sudden questions about sex you get from your kids and you're on the spot, knowing that you don't want to make them ever feel uncomfortable with their sexual feelings or about sex in general. I had to calmly present the human body as something to not be ashamed of. I hope I managed to convey that to them.