Paul Elam: ‘In the memetime…’

Paul Elam, Founder and Publisher of AVfM, makes a very insightful point with one photograph and a few words:

About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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  • Jericho One

    What a strange society we have where large corporations have free rein to market what is effectively ‘soft porn’ (as is in the case of Miley) and ‘gangsta culture’ to 12 year olds, where young girls are encourage to tart up, but grown men are shamed for reading lads’ mags?

    It’s almost like we’re returning to a primitive form of tribalism; where hypersexuality and hyperviolence are the orders of the day, and the bottom half of men in the social hierarchy are constantly villified. Feminists and the Powers That Shouldn’t Be have a lot to answer for…

    • Thanks J1. I have sympathy with your general point, but large (and small) corporations are both influencing and responding to societal trends. I’m 56, and many young women (including teenagers) going out on the town tonight will dress in a manner which 40 years ago – when I was 16 myself – would have had most people assume they were prostitutes (and J4MB has no objection to people who freely choose to be sex workers, as we’ve said many times). What part of this process has been driven by men in general? NONE of it. If you caught the piece we posted earlier today (linking to a New York Tomes article) you’ll know the media don’t have much to do with it either. The bulk of the responsibility for the hypersexualisation of young women lies squarely with (often narcissistic) young women. NOBODY is making them dress that way.

      • Jericho One

        It’s really a question of ethics regarding corporations responding to social trends. Personally, I find it irresponsible that advantage people at the top of the human hierarchy have no qualms about exploiting the current social situation for personal gain. Madonna for instance, tried to normalise single motherhood to impressionable young women, but she had enough money to cover all of the negative consequences…

        Indeed, nobody is making a person act or dress in a certain way, but shielded from any obvious short-term negative consequences – it’s downhill all the way for ordinary people…