That any objection to pornographic material is characterised as anti-sex puritanism illustrates just how effective the porn industry has been in aligning its product with sexual liberation rather than sexual exploitation. Pornographers have successfully taken acts of dominance, cruelty and abuse and called it sex.
At the mention of my book's topic, internet pornography, his body showed an almost imperceptible intense interest and then the concealing of it (an involuntary response to which I have become accustomed).
The radical dimension of feminism will not lie down and take the misappropriations and individualistic compromises that mainstream, male-dominated systems have subjected that movement - now referred to more glibly as "feminism" - to.
Hyper-masculinity is damaging and destructive. It assumes that men are predisposed to violence; that men are nothing more than violent sexual predators incapable of self-control and empathy. The capitalist-patriarchy states that men are inherently violent and that nothing will ever change that.
The older I get, the more I believe that 'equality' is nothing more than a smokescreen to prevent the true liberation of women. Equality before the law means nothing when violence is endemic; when women are most likely to live in poverty; when no one bothers to actually enforce the existing equality legislation.
Mother's Day, in its present form, is merely a another capitalist-patriarchal tool to beat women over the head with. It remains nothing more than a depressing attempt at brain-washing women into believing that 'their' work is valued. Women's work has never been valued. We still do the majority of the childcare and housework whilst in paid employment.
No one asks why feminists are moving back to women-only organising or why feminists are increasingly identifying as political lesbians or lesbian separatists? Why are women-only spaces, once again, becoming so important?
Banished from Mr Men world, Andrea Dworkin style, the females of the 'Men' species apparently formed their own nation state in the early eighties, providing the various settings for the 'Little Miss' Books. But any thoughts of the establishment of a radical feminist utopia stop there.