Two great links:
Also feeling warmly about champagne and strawberries - from Pandagon
In defense of sex-positive feminism - a long, beautiful, funny essay by Bitch|Lab - beautiful, I love her to pieces for talking about political thinking and how Nina Hartley is a socialist.
But also I remember how hard it was in the early 90s when I insisted I was going to be super-sex-positive as loudly as possible, and went around in my stripper outfits with glitter on my eyelids, even to my classes on literary theory and to grad school department meetings and etc. Because they were all TALKING about empowerment of women and respecting women's desire/sexuality/subjectivity. But fucking-of-course when confronted with a living example of braininess and sexiness, they could not handle it. It didn't compute. And I was treated like the worst sort of idiot by everyone, and it helped to kill my attempt at grad school. Then from the other side - I remember this one kind of psycho but interesting and powerful activist chick in my women's coalition group saying that I was "dumb but harmless" and also all the flak about what I wore and how it reflected badly on the group when I stood up at a rally to talk. You would think that fishnet stockings were FUCKING RADIOACTIVE. And then the whole other dimension of leather and the lesbian Sex Wars kicked in. Me and my gf were pimping for the patriarchy... Well, I'm sure a lot of y'all know exactly what I'm talking about.
ahahaa! Dumb but harmless! That's so opposite day, I'm hyperintelligent and incredibly scary.
These days in San Fran I can prance around however, and I don't think it makes most people assume I'm a ditz. Yo, but that small subcultural shift and some people tossing around the word "performativity" shouldn't fool any of us into thinking "Problem solved, battle won." To most of the world if you dress like a whore and have the body of a whore, that's it, no brain allowed, no identity, no <i>personhood</i>. Don't forget it.