Since the end is near for our virtual weekly book club reading of Christina Hoff Sommers’ book Who Stole Feminism?, we will be taking suggestions for the next book. Feel free to post your ideas under the ‘Comments.’
In Chapter 11, I found Sandra Lee Bartky‘s summary of contemporary American women and their lives particularly interesting. According to Bartky, we live in a prison, a sexual prison.
What do you think? Although, Bartky’s commentary may be off base in summarizing that all these concerns illustrate an obedience to patriarchy. I do think her point brushes the truth, i.e. that our culture is over sexualized. It seems to me, though, that the symptoms of this diagnosis are found in instances such as the tragic suicide of a teen girl because of “sexting,” not the day to day up keep for a healthy body and professional appearance. Perhaps Bartky would be okay if women ate junk food all day and walked around with caked foundation, mascara dribbling down their faces, hair tangled and unkempt, with stockings bagging at the ankles. I think they would be laughed out of any professional atmosphere. That women are concerned about their appearance is NOT the problem. The problem is that women think they are only worth their “appearance.” This is what needs to change. Would you agree or disagree?