Opinions and Rants #28: Hijacking the Message
I like to read and listen to a variety of viewpoints. One day I’ll listen to Rush Limbaugh and the next progressives like Tom Hartman. I’ll also check out the Huffington Post from time to time, and the other day I happened upon an article by porn mogul Larry Flynt that struck a nerve. It struck a nerve because I found myself in complete agreement with, of all people, the king of pornography. Indeed, Hugh Hefner’s net worth is only around 40 million; whereas, Flynt’s is over 400 million. Interesting.
Basically, Flynt was stating that the feminist movement was a wonderful thing, but it was hijacked by Steinem and other radical feminists of her ilk. In the 1960s, Women needed to be liberated, and their liberation was a good thing. Women should have the choice of staying home or entering the workforce. They deserve equal pay for equal work.
Unfortunately, this message was hijacked and steered off course. Suddenly, women were denied the choice of motherhood or work – they had to work, or they would be labeled as backwards thinking baby makers. In other words, women needed liberation because they were not allowed the choice – they had to stay home. Steinem ensured that women still would not be allowed to make that choice, except now it was the reverse. Staying home would get you the Suzie Homemaker stigma.
The Women’s Libbers also hijacked the cause to push the anti-pornography agenda. Once again, we are being denied choices: women chose to enter the pornography business – it wasn’t as if they had guns to their heads – and now they are once again Steinem and her gang has made the choice for her. The Bible Belt Conservatives suddenly had an unexpected ally in the feminists.
The situation is not that different than the NAACP campaign against blaxsploitation films. These were films which employed a lot of African Americans – many were getting handsomely paid for their film work. The NAACP said they were not correctly representing the black populace, and shut them down. Now you had hundreds of black filmmakers and actors out of work… well done, NAACP.
Who was the NAACP to say they were being exploited? That’s demeaning. Who was Gloria Steinem to say these porn stars were being exploited? That’s demeaning too.
So, it turns out Larry Flynt and I share an opinion on something. I wonder what his views are on gun control.