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From Beth Mann:


...it seems to be turning into something else, with many men chiming in, with their "show us your tits" camera-ready attitude. Women on parade again ... sigh. Since when did we "stick it to the man" by wearing low-cut shirts or short shorts? When women burned bras back in the day, there was a statement there, full of boldness and righteous anger. This type of happening feels like feminism lite, "cute" feminism or "male-friendly" feminism.

Aside from the unfortunate endorsement of the bra-burning myth, I think this gets it about right. I'm reminded of Lil Kim claiming that she was somehow claiming female power. Or perhaps more natively, Freddro Starr claiming he was "America's nightmare--young black and just don't give a fuck." I get the impulse but probably not. 

Anyway, in recognition of how unsophisticated I am, when I heard about all of this, all I could think about was Duff.

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