Oh Richard, Richard, Richard. I shouldn't take the bait, but I can't help myself. Richard is disturbed by the "churlishness" of many feminists. I am not sure exactly what he means by churlishness, but according to dictionary.com, churlishness refers either to "vulgarity or boorishness" or "a surly, bad disposition." Apparently, many of us aren't as well-behaved, decorous or as chipper as he would like.
As Exhibit A, he presents photographs of feminist protesters carrying signs. One sign reads, "Keep your hands off my body and I'll Keep My Hands Off Your Throat." This seems like a legitimate point to me. The protester is essentially saying that laws forcing women to undergo compulsory pregnancy are tantamount to an assault on her person. Sure she's going for shock value and I suppose you can disagree with her point or call it churlish, but so what. The other sign simply reads, "Fuck your Agenda." I am not sure what this refers to, but this seems to be in line with the American protest tradition. Protesters on a wide variety of issues use bad language to convey extreme disagreement with the government's policies. Some people are sensitive to bad language, some of us kinda like it, but it's hardly unique to feminism.
Porn is the direct result of misogyny. When the glazed, bloodshot eyes are poked out of the “male gaze” and women are accorded fully human status, rather than sex class status, by our oppressive patriarchal culture—i.e., never— pornography will cease to exist.
I don't get how this is churlish. Feminism is about ensuring freedom and equality for women, something I am sure even Richard would agree with in the abstract. So, it is natural for feminists to examine and critique the sexualization of women in our society (in pornography, strip clubs, the Miss America pageant, cheerleading, Hooters, etc.) in light of feminism's basic goal. Of course, there is a great deal of disagreement among feminists as to what conclusions can be reached from this examination. Twisty's conclusions are just one of a panoply of feminist analyses of pornography and sex in modern American culture. One can say she's wrong, but "churlish?" I don't see it.
Finally, as Exhibit C, we have the picture at Bitch Ph.D of a cute little girl defiantly giving the finger. It's vulgar and it's funny and it's great! As I've mentioned in the past, many of us women suffered mightily as little girls under the expectation that we should always be docile little people-pleasers with clean fingernails at all times, an expectation that continues to dog us as adults and that does not fall nearly as heavily on little boys or grown men. Sure, I don't run around actually giving the finger to people, but metaphorically I do give the finger to anyone who tells me that I ought to be a certain way or live my life a certain way or take a subordinate role because of my sex.
Feminism is in many ways about pointing out the negatives women face in the world because of our sex. We have to point out these negatives in order to rectify them. These negatives make us angry, and rightfully so. I may be the happy feminist, but I get angry too when I perceive that I or members of my sex are being treated like second class citizens. Let's engage the issues -- do feminists have cause to be angry? -- rather than berating feminists for being unladylike.