28 May 2004


Bitch magazine is super-cool. Dig this new article about the semantics of "choice" in pseudo-feminist rhetoric.
The word’s primacy in the arena of reproductive rights has slowly caused the phrase "It’s my choice" to become synonymous with "It's a feminist thing to do" --- or, perhaps more precisely, "It is antifeminist to criticize my decision." The result has been a rapid depoliticizing of the term and an often misguided application of feminist ideology to consumer imperatives, invoked not only for the right to decide whether to terminate a pregnancy, but also for the right to buy all manner of products marketed to women, from cigarettes to antidepressants to diet frozen pizzas.
Plenty more good stuff in the Bitch archives, too.

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