by Guest Contributor Tami, originally published at What Tami Said
Some folks (including me, sometimes) quibble over whether the blog Jezebel qualifies as “feminist.” Having lurked around the joint for awhile, I would say it definitely has a third-wave feminist ethos. That means the site’s bloggers regularly lay a smack down on media that exploits women. So, I was surprised to find an endorsement for “Straight Stuntin'” magazine among today’s posts. For those who have blessedly not been exposed to the hip hop booty fest that is SS, click over to Jezebel for a gallery of images from the pub. (Probably NSFW–Be prepared for plenty of thonged asses, weaves and bling) Jezebel writer Dodai says of the pin-up rag:
Straight Stuntin is a hip-hop/pin-up magazine I stumbled on, and I probably should be completely offended by it, but I’m absolutely fascinated instead.
Most commenters to the post share the OP’s fascination, marveling at the pneumatic gleuteus maximi rather than railing against exploitation. And that makes me uncomfortable. As I write this, I’m trying to parse exactly why. Continue reading