[Stripping] was a crappy job. I feel really offended when people act like it was some sort of feminist statement. I don’t feel that way at all. There’s a frankenstein monster that came out of the riot grrrl scene, which has always bothered me, which is that sex work is a) eroticised, b) exoticised… .
Although I’m talking about it now, I didn’t do it for the story. I want people to know it’s a shitty job, it’s degrading and there are women there who were twice my age, paying for their kids’ tuition so that their daughters could go to gymnastics class. So fuck you, coming in and doing it for five minutes so you can write about it. It’s classist, I guess. Making fun of women who really have to do that job. Wearing a disguise.
On the one hand the lesbian is reduced to the Western other and declared not to be a citizen of the country within any socio-cultural-historical-cosmological context. But on the other hand the heterosexual business executive is very much the result of an economic order arising out of a ‘Western’ context, yet his Indianness is never called into question.
The global advertising industry, the sex industry, the trafficking in girls and women industry are about the institutionalisation of heterosexuality as dollars for tourism and a way of providing for that group of highly mobile, cashed up men who take for granted easy access to women’s bodies.
It’s a sad life when u cannot separate radfem politics from everyday life sometimes. Who has the will to be angry about everything all the damn time.
Patriarchy is everywhere, so no you can’t separate radical feminist politics from everyday life. But you do need to find a way to in this world. I find the only way I can is to get involved in activism. I need to be fighting it.
It is crucial to remember … that [many] “creation” myths are not about the origins of the world at all, but about the origins of patriarchy which has, nonetheless claimed itself as the world.
And when we (lesbians) are not assimilated – not part of them, we are afflicted with illness, criminality, abnormality. It’s fine so long as we shut up or play the exotic and erotic role of lipstick or SM lesbian.
HETEROPATRIARCHY: GLOBALISATION, THE INSTITUTION OF HETEROSEXUALITY AND LESBIANS